Call for Applications: Nom and Boulieng Vorasane Scholarship

Announcing a new call for applications for the Nom and Boulieng Vorasane Scholarship


Please read about our inaugural winners of the Nom and Boulieng Vorasane Scholarship, Lynna Vo and Georgia Mikan.

Lynna is a Sophmore in Human Development and Family Sciences with an Early Childhood Development Specialization applying to the School of Education.

Georgia is a Junior in the Pre-Teaching Elementary Education program in the School of Education specializing in teaching History and Geography in Social Studies.

These two students demonstrated great promise in their ability to contribute to Connecticut communities through education. Their passion and life experience fulfills the aspirations of Khamla Vorasane of BouNam Bakery to train the next generation of Connecticut teachers in Asian American Studies. They also fulfills the mission-driven work of the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute to teach anti-racism and serve the Connecticut public.

We know that for Asian American Studies to succeed in Connecticut schools it has to be grounded in the lived experiences of people here. This is why we were so inspired with Lynna and Georgia’s stories and their career goals in education. Lynna shared her challenges and reflections on experiencing the differences between attending diverse, urban and underfunded schools as well as rural, white, and wealthy schools as an Asian American of recent immigrants. Georgia shared her personal journey to seek out Asian American histories and take charge of her own education when her schools ignored the topic nor did they address broader histories of U.S. racism. To support Lynna and Georgia on the their journey they are taking Asian American Studies courses and will be working with the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute’s Advanced Pedagogy Curriculum Lab.

The Asian and Asian American Studies Institute is accepting applications until September 23, 2022 for the Nom and Boulieng Vorasane Scholarship.


The scholarship awards recipients $1,000 and frontline integration in the AAASI Advanced Pedagogy Curriculum Lab.


The AAASI Advanced Pedagogy Curriculum Lab is a collaborative consisting of:

  • UConn students and faculty
  • A state-wide network of Connecticut public school teachers, staff, and students
  • Associated with the Connecticut Council for Social Studies.
  • Associated with the Connecticut’s State Department of Education
  • In partnership with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center


UConn students who have demonstrated interest in careers in public school education.



Students must submit a letter of application, no longer than two single-spaced typed pages, in addition to an informal transcript of completed coursework. The letter must contain the following information:

  • Full Name
  • NetID
  • Declared Degree Programs
  • Completed/Enrolled/Planned AAASI coursework (UConn Course Catalog LINK)
  • Essay describing how you will serve Connecticut communities through work in education


Email your application to AAASI Director, Professor Jason Oliver Chang, at by September 23, 2023

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