Every year, through Holt’s donor-funded university sponsorship program, exceptional students in Cambodia receive scholarships to attend college — including full tuition, English classes and a $30 monthly stipend to help cover additional expenses. Most of the students come from rural impoverished communities, and most are the first in their families to attend college.
Many of the Cambodia scholarship students enrolled in this year’s program have been studying online since the start of COVID-19, yet they are still taking the opportunity to work, volunteer, attend workshops and intern — in person — in their chosen fields. Here, we spotlight 14 students who will graduate in 2022 and who are thriving in college and beyond.
Congratulations to all of our students in the Class of 2022!
Sela studied electrical engineering at the National Technical Training Institute. She graduated in April.
Sela ranked third in her class among 27 students. She currently works at MBA Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd., and hopes to eventually secure a position at Electricite du Cambodge, a state-owned power utility that provides electricity to Cambodia.
Srey Neth studies social work at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. She will graduate in July.
Srey Neth is currently interning at the Improving Cambodia’s Society Through Skillful Parenting (ICS) organization. Her internship will last three months, and she will spend her time learning about ICS’s policy, vision and mission.
Liza is a student of tourism at the University of Battambang. She will graduate in December.
Liza is always looking for new ways to improve her English skills! She reads books and listens to audiobooks and broadcasts in English. Liza currently works at the Association for Knowledge Development, where she teaches English to young children. She previously was involved in a mentorship program called Business Classes for Women, which has inspired her to one day run an eco-friendly business.
Serey Pich studies agronomy at the University of Battambang. He will graduate in December.
His favorite class is rice production, as he enjoys learning about the science and technology of rice growing. Outside of class, Serey Pich plants crops around his house, which he sells for extra cash.
Hana studies social work at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. She will graduate in July.
In February, Hana returned to her hometown in the province of Battambang to begin a four-month internship with Holt, focused on family strengthening and support. Currently, her favorite classes center on the topics of trauma and building a strong family. Hana wants to work directly with clients upon graduation.
Ome studies banking and finance at the University of Management and Economics. She will graduate in December.
Ome is a top student, ranking first in her class with As in almost every subject. Her favorite class is Spreadsheet for Finance as it allows her to use her computer skills. Ome is currently a contract teacher at a primary school in the province of Battambang.
Pheakkdey is a management student at the National University of Management. She will graduate in September.
Pheakkdey works part-time at a call center at Metfone, a telecommunications company. She has been taking her courses online and enjoys studying project management and the management of technology and innovation.
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Sinath studies community development at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. She will graduate in July.
Sinath hopes to become a community organizer and leader after she graduates this summer. She currently works in café services for the food company Ajinomoto.
Phin studies accounting at the National University of Management. She will graduate in September.
Phin’s favorite classes are international accounting and financial reporting. In the future, she would like to own her own business.
Tola is a law student at the Royal University of Law and Economics. He will graduate in October.
Tola is presently an intern at a law firm in Phnom Penh. He assists clients in court and travels with his manager to different provinces around Cambodia
Srey Ying studies agro-industry at the Royal University of Agriculture. She will graduate in August.
Srey Ying is interested in beverage processing and enjoys classes that allow her to experiment in the lab. She plans to find a state job in this sector when she graduates this summer.
Srey Mean is an accounting student at the University of Management. She will graduate in September.
Srey Mean volunteers as an accounting and administrative assistant at the Holt office in Phnom Penh. She hopes to use this practical experience when applying for an accounting job upon graduation.
Reaksmey studies agro-industry at the Royal University of Agriculture. She will graduate in August.
Reaksmey is interested in food and beverage technology and looks forward to her time in the lab experimenting with different processes. She currently volunteers as a youth leader, supporting young people in her community.
Sarin is an accounting student at the National University of Management. She will graduate in September.
Sarin works full time at an accounting firm while finishing up her studies. Her favorite subjects are advanced financial accounting and international accounting. Sarin married in 2021 and will welcome a baby boy later this year!
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