Bucks County Herald

Pearl S. Buck International awards final Mabel Lew Scholarship


Pearl S. Buck International has awarded the 2018 Mabel Lew Scholarship to Nicole Thom Hanselman.

Hanselman is a pre-med major at Elmira College where she is an honors student and a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, TriBeta Biological Honor Society, and Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society. She is also on the soccer team, serves as a resident assistant, tutors at the Southside Community Center, and volunteers with her church youth group.

Since its establishment in 1997, the Mabel Lew Scholarship has provided a $5,000 scholarship awarded annually by Pearl S. Buck International to a female of Asian descent. This is the final year for the scholarship award.

Hanselman overcame an early life of hardship to achieve academic success and give back to her community. As a young child in Vietnam, she and her younger brother experienced the death of their father, mother and older sister due to a lack of access to medical care, went to live with an uncle, then were sent to an orphanage. At 10 years old Nicole and her brother were adopted by an American family through Pearl S. Buck International’s former program, Welcome House.

Although the Welcome House program was phased out in 2014 because of changes in international adoption regulations, Pearl S. Buck International is honored by visits and involvement from former Welcome House families as volunteers, speakers, and donors.

Pearl S. Buck International continues to serve adoptive families and adoptees through its work in intercultural programs for the community and humanitarian aid for children and communities in need from the countries where many of the adoptive children were born.



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