Fund Isaan granted Pauw a scholarship in 2008. He was 13 years old and studying in his first year of high school at Ban Thanong School. He was ranked number four of his class.
Pauw dreamed of becoming a teacher later. He wanted to continue his study after high school, but his family could not afford it. Pauw’s father was a farmer, his mother was a housewife and helped her husband on their small rice farm.