New scholarship honors legacy of beloved North High School grad/staff member

Mai Kou Lee

The Mai Kou Lee Scholarship Fund of the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation has been established by ECASD staff members in memory of Mai Kou Lee, a beloved North High School graduate and staff member.

Mai Kou began her work as a Bilingual Education Assistant at North High School in 2018, and served in the role until her passing in February, following a courageous battle with cancer. She also served as a General School Assistant for North High School in the summer months.

Colleagues at North High School have glowing memories of her. “Mai Kou’s transition into our EL team here at North was flawless,” shared Monica Pritchard, English language learning teacher. “She made instant connections with our students. They trusted her and responded to her encouragement.
Shino Iwashita, fellow English language learning teacher, continued the sentiment. “Her natural thing was helping people, so the position was a perfect fit for her. The students loved her. We all loved her.

The new scholarship fund honors her work and legacy by paying it forward, enabling future North graduates to pursue post-secondary education. Seniors who are Hmong and/or English language learners are the preferred recipients, as serving these students was Mai Kou’s passion.

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To learn more about the Mai Kou Lee Scholarship Fund, donate, or to start your own scholarship to support ECASD graduates, visit the ECPSF website at, or contact Executive Director Sarah French at [email protected].

Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation is a nonprofit, independent organization that connects the community and Eau Claire Area School District to inspire and enhance the educational experience of our students. Through charitable donations gifted from community members and businesses, ECPSF is able to provide schools with their greatest needs, support educator creativity, and grow endowment funds to enable future giving.