Kao Nou Thao
Kao is passionate about giving back to her community; she believes in service and empowerment and has worked tirelessly towards motivating others. In a record-breaking performance, she led the Cal Vote Coalition to register over 11,000 students for this past presidential election. She also managed to coordinate a phone banking event that made over 5,300 calls to the student body to encourage them to get out and vote, the last two days before the election.
In the spring of 2009, Kao will take on the responsibility of being one of the main point people to plan and carry out a professional Symposium for the Hmong community throughout California. She is also an advocate of the access and usage of healthcare for women, especially in the Asian American community. Kao plans to use her scholarship money to strengthen her commitment to leadership and community service.