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.


Frank H. & Eva B. Buck Foundation

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The story of the buck scholars association begins…

with the Frank H. and Eva B. Buck Foundation, a private foundation established in 1990 to support the education of promising Northern California youth. The Buck Foundation achieved this initiative through the Frank H. Buck Scholarship program, which provided full scholarship support to students chosen from six counties: Contra Costa, Yolo, Napa, Solano, Sacramento, and San Joaquin. These counties made up the congressional district served by Frank H. Buck during the 72nd through 76th United States Congresses (1932-42).

Over 280 full-ride scholarships were awarded between 1990 and 2010. The Frank H. Buck Scholarship enabled its recipients, known as Buck Scholars, to attend some of the world’s most elite institutions, push the frontiers of their respective academic fields, start new companies and initiatives, and make significant contributions to their communities.

The Buck Foundation closed in the spring of 2016, coinciding with the Frank H. Buck Scholarship program’s 25th anniversary. Today, the spirit and legacy of the Frank H. & Eva B. Buck Foundation continues through the Buck Scholars Association.


Board of Directors


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.

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Humphrey Manacsa, ADminISTRATIVE Assistant

Humphrey Manacsa, ADminISTRATIVE Assistant

I am the son of Asian immigrants from the Philippines and the youngest of two children in my family. I recently graduated from Sacramento State in December 2018 with a Bachelors in Health Science and a minor in Management of Human Resources and Organizational Behavior. Over the years, I have partnered with many local organizations throughout Sacramento such as the Silver Orange Teen Center, Wellspace Health Youth Clinics, and the Central Valley Health Network in order to create new health-based initiatives that assist students in achieving their educational aspirations. Before serving as the Administrative Assistant, I worked as a Residential Adviser and Community Event Organizer for University Housing Services at Sacramento State. In 2017, I helpED establish an Asian Pacific Islander Live-In-Learning community on campus that helped to inspire and connect young Asian underserved student populations. I’m excited to have the privilege of working with our amazing Fellows and seeing them grow into the future leaders of tomorrow. On my free time, I enjoy fishing, playing board games, and learning new skills.

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