The Buck Scholars Association (BSA) is an independent non-profit organization established in 2008 by the nearly 300 scholarship recipients of the Frank H. and Eva B. Buck Foundation (Buck Scholars).

Our Mission

BSA’s mission is two-fold:

  1. foster the personal and professional growth of the Buck Scholars now spread across the globe; and

  2. expand educational opportunities for a new generation of extraordinarily promising Northern California youth.


Continuing the Legacy


In 2014, the BSA launched the Buck Fellows Program, a mentoring and scholarship program to help talented Northern California high school students who demonstrate high academic and leadership potential, but could use further resources, support, and guidance to fully realize that potential. Fellows are chosen in their sophomore year of high school through a competitive selection process. Over 20 Fellows have been selected so far, with a new class added each spring. Each new Fellow is paired with a Buck Scholar mentor to guide them toward college through their last two years of high school.


Meet the Staff

Mai Vang, Executive Director

Mai Vang, Executive Director

I am the daughter of Hmong refugees from Laos and the eldest of 16 children in my family. I’m also a proud 2003 Buck Scholar and Sacramento native. Prior to serving as the first Executive Director for the Buck Scholars Association, I was a community organizer with Hmong Innovating Politics and worked as the Community Affairs Director for Sacramento City Councilmember Larry Carr. Through the generous support of the Frank H, Buck Foundation, I received my DUAL Masters in Public Health and Masters in Arts, Asian American Studies from UCLA in 2011. Currently, I teach in the Department of Ethnic Studies at California State University, Sacramento and serve as a Trustee on the Sacramento City Unified School Board.  I’m humbled to have the opportunity to serve our incredibly diverse Buck Scholar community and excited to continue the Buck legacy by expanding opportunities for underserved youth in Northern California. During my free time, I enjoy hiking and spending time with my siblings.

Contact Mai


Board of Directors