The United States is offering scholarships to Cambodian students to study in top military academies, including West Point.
A US embassy statement yesterday said that those who will be between 17 and 23 years old on July 1 next year can apply for the scholarships to study four-year courses offered by West Point, the US Naval Academy at Annapolis and the US Coast Guard Academy in New London.
The statement said that interested high school graduates should pass the SAT, TOEFL and fitness tests before emailing their applications before November 1.
The embassy said that it will screen applicants based on their scores to determine if they are as competitive as other candidates who are being selected worldwide.
The embassy and the Defence Ministry will make the final decision on who is qualified for selection.
The statement said that selected students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree after undergoing a “stressful and demanding curriculum” that will challenge their intellectual, military and physical abilities.
“Those selected from Cambodia will have to sign a contract with the Defence Ministry to return and serve as officers in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces for a specified period of time,” the statement added.
Defence Ministry spokesman Chhum Sucheat encouraged Cambodian students to apply.
“With the highly demanding training, I believe young Cambodian students will develop the ability and commitment to serve the country well,” he said.
Grade 12 student Seng Samarady, 18, said that he wants to apply for the scholarship but thinks his command of the English language may prove to be a barrier.
“I feel that it is a golden opportunity for Cambodian students,” he said.