Hugh Ho Receives Franklin H. Williams Award

Hugh Ho, (Kyrgyzstan, 99-01) received the prestigious Franklin H. Williams Award from the Peace Corps, at a ceremony in Washington, DC, on June 22. The Williams Award program was created in 1999 in honor of Franklin H. Williams, former Peace Corps regional director for Africa, US Ambassador to Ghana, and program advisory to Sargent Shriver during Peace Corps’ beginnings. Franklin H. Williams Awardees It is awarded annually to RPCVs who are members of racial/ethnic minority groups in the USA in recognition of their community service activities and commitment to the 3rd Goal of Peace Corps, promoting international awareness and understanding.

Hugh, WSPCA’s immediate-past newsletter editor, taught English in Kyrgyzstan and developed a number of new educational programs and resources at his site in a rural village. He is presently a graduate student at the Evans School of Public Affairs at UW, and volunteers for several international student exchange programs, the Seattle Parks Department, and Habitat for Humanity.

For more details about Hugh’s work that led to his nomination for the 2006 Williams Award, see the Peace Corps web site.

WSPCA can be proud that Hugh is our second active member to receive the Williams Award. In 2000, Paulette Thompson (Morocco, 1986-88), a teacher of social studies and history at Garfield High School in Seattle, active member of GlobalTeachNet, and WSPCA liaison to the NPCA, was also so honored.

More information about the Williams Award and its recipients may be found on the website of the Minority Peace Corps Association.