Hmong student repays supporters with high scores

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The generosity of many anonymous donors has helped an ethnic Hmong student to continue her studies after poverty almost forced her to abruptly end her education.
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Thamolwan Wang decided to quit her studies at Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi in Pathum Thani in January last year after just one semester to return home to help her parents in Chiang Kham district in Phayao.
 
Knowing his promising student was packing her bags and preparing to leave the campus for good, Kunlachart Junpalen, who is her advisor, posted her story on his Facebook account seeking help. The response was amazing with assistance pouring in and allowing her to carry on.
 
Ms Thamolwan, who was born to a Hmong family in the northern province, had a Grade Point Average of 3.07.
 
She said at home last year that she wanted to ease the financial burden on her mother and would go to work so that her sister could attend nursing school. Loans from the Student Loan Fund were not enough to cover her outgoings, she added.
 
The young student, who was studying textile chemical engineering at the university, was able to postpone that plan thanks to from donors after the story was shared on the social media.
 
Ms Thamolwan returned to the university and Mr Kunlachart posted an update on his student on Sunday, saying she received an A in all subjects last semester, making her cumulative GPA at 3.32.
“I hoped everybody who supports this good student is proud of her. Thank you,” he wrote.
 
Wilailak Saengsrichan, a coordinator of the King Rama V Foundation in Chiang Kham, one of the sponsors, said Ms Thamolwan intends to return home after getting her degree to preserve Hmong textiles.