THE Singapore Embassy has always been active in its mission to help the education sector by providing full scholarships to outstanding Cambodia students to study in Singapore with full assistance to cover their costs.
Last Thursday (Oct 24), the embassy hosted a second send-off reception at the Temasek Hall of Singapore embassy to send off the 2020 ASEAN Scholarships Awardees to pursue four years of high school (Grade 11 and 12) education in Singapore.
Amidst intense competition and a rigorous selection process, 23 candidates were shortlisted. However, only three strongest contenders — Ms Cheap Chealinda, Ms Houth Chiv Guech and Ms Mak Hengkungkea, all three being girls, were able to pass the final hurdle.
Singaporean Ambassador Mr Michael Tan said at the award ceremony that “As a long-trusted friend, Singapore is committed to fully give support and help human development and education in Cambodia”.
In the second year of running the ASEAN scholarship awards, Mr Tan also gave his thumbs-up to the scholarship winners. “To the three young scholars, the ASEAN scholarship is the key given to unlock the door of opportunities and now it depends on what you will do with this key. Your journey ahead will be challenging, therefore you will need to study hard to compete with other warriors there, meaning that you will have to give your best every time,” he added.
In the selection, each candidate had to go through three arduous exams in Math, English and General Knowledge and in addition, an IQ test. Among the three scholarship recipients, Houth Chiv Guech who comes from Takeo province, talks about the hard work required to win the coveted award.
“As the competition has three stages to get through, this exam requires students to study very hard and practise endlessly on these subjects. I am very thrilled to see my efforts paying off with this winning result,” said 16-year-old Houth Chiv Guech.
Making headway to her next academic endeavour, Chiv Guech expressed her willingness to knuckle down in her studies and return as useful human resource for Cambodia: “This opportunity will be a great platform for me to fight tooth and nail for myself as well as for my nation as a whole. Going the extra mile in Singapore, I hope to gain more knowledge and new ideas so that I can come back and contribute to my country.”
Cheap Chealinda’s father, Cheap Sovichea, also attended the ceremony to celebrate his daughter’s achievement and his proud moment. “I am very proud and glad to see my daughter continue her studies in a reliable educational system in Singapore and as a parent, I have allowed her the freedom to pursue whatever she wants in her next endeavour. Whatever she chooses, I will stand by her and encourage her with sincere love and support,” he said.