University Scholarships for Students from Burma

 
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Dear friends of Thabyay Education Foundation,

Thabyay’s programs are designed to support students and key community and civil society workers. We help them to acquire the skills, knowledge, networks and assistance to foster self-directed, sustainable development in their communities and the wider society.

Thabyay’s university scholarships and student counseling contribute to this mission by enabling future leaders from marginalized communities to pursue high quality, relevant university education, and to access the networks and expertise required to participate effectively in the development of their communities upon graduation.

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Below is the story of Saw Nay Thura, who will begin university studies in Bangkok, Thailand in 2014 through our scholarship program.

After losing his mother to typhoid at the age of 9, Saw Nay Thura’s father sent him to live with another family where he could be better taken care of and continue to receive education. After a few years there, he attended boarding school with the financial support of both his father and his guardian family, and for the first time began to greatly succeed in his studies, achieving three distinctions in his final exams. Based on his grades, Saw Nay was accepted to medical school; however he could not attend as his father and guardians would not support him. Instead, he began volunteering with the YMCA in Mandalay and studying English via distance education.

In 2013, Saw Nay was selected for a scholarship to attend a university preparation program in Yangon. During the one year intensive program, Saw Nay also learned of the passing of his father. Despite his pain, Saw Nay continued to strive to reach his goals, and hopes his parents would be proud of him.

“I am trying to sustain my father’s gratitude on me by some ways instead of hopelessly mobbing or missing him every time, for instance, trying to become a graduated and sophisticated person who can symbolize and contribute to my community and my ethnicity.”

Saw Nay will study a Bachelor of International Relations and Development at Rangsit University in Bangkok on a fully funded scholarship. His career goal is to become an ambassador and develop Myanmar’s foreign affairs policies and practices as the country moves toward a democratic and internationally engaged state.

Please help us to continue to support students like Saw Nay to achieve their educational goals! Please donate online via GlobalGiving: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/university-scholarships-for-students-from-burma/

 

Best regards,

Katie Hodges

Program Manager, Scholarships and Student Support


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May 13, 2014

Continuing Support for Burmese Students Abroad

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 65,326 since the 1st September 2010 so we are well on our way to our target of US$ 99,000!

After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of approximately US$ 62,455 in disbursements from GlobalGiving for the University Scholarships for Students from Burma project (funds are received over time in Thai Baht at different exchange rates, so USD figures can only be approximately calculated).

By the 6th January 2014, we had disbursed approximately US$ 60,959 to scholarship awards.

 

Selection and awards 

Since the last report on 6th January, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made two further awards totalling approximately US$ 1,485.

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 51 awards enabling 40 students from marginalised communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

The recipients of these awards comprise 20 women and 20 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 24, representing nine ethnic groups, studying 30 different majors at 17 different universities in 5 countries across Asia).

The award recipients were as follows:

Recipient 1:

Name: Naing Lin

Age: 23

Sex: Male

Ethnicity: Shan

Subject Studied: Social Science

University: Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Award Amount: US$ 750

Award Type: Partial scholarship

 

Recipient 2:

Name: Yamin

Age: 23

Sex: Female

Ethnicity: Burman

Subject Studied: Social Science

University: Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Award Amount: US$ 735

Award Type: Partial scholarship

 

N.B. Names of award recipients have been changed to protect their identities.

 

Future Plans

The Arohana Scohlarship Fund remains committed to helping key community actors gain access to appropriate higher education to optimize their positive impact in Burma in key sectors including health care, education, community development, rights and media. The Arohana Scholarship Fund is currently waiting for further funds to be received from GlobalGiving before the Selection Committee meets to decide on further scholarship awards.

 

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

 

With our best wishes,

 

Katie Hodges

Program Manager, Scholarships and Student Support

Thabyay Education Network

Email: katieh@thabyay.org

Websites: www.thabyay.org

                 www.arohanascholarships.org


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Jan 9, 2014

Continued Support for Current Scholars

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 65,296 since the 1st September 2010 so we are well on our way to our target of US$ 99,000!

After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of approximately US$ 60,959 in disbursements from GlobalGiving for the University Scholarships for Students from Burma project (funds are received over time in Thai Baht at different exchange rates, so USD figures can only be approximately calculated).

By the 8th September 2013, we had disbursed approximately US$ 60,658 to scholarship awards.

Selection and awards

Since the last report on 8th September, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made one further award totalling approximately US$ 301.

Please find the report and details attached.


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Oct 7, 2013

2 University Scholarships for Students from Burma

Overview

 We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships For Students From Burma’ project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 64,587 since the 1st September 2010 so we are well on our way to our target of US$ 99,000!

 After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of approximately US$ 60,658 in disbursements from GlobalGiving for the University Scholarships For Students From Burma project (funds are received over time in Thai Baht at different exchange rates, so USD figures can only be approximately calculated).

 By the 9thJune 2013, we had disbursed approximately US$ 50,881 to scholarship awards.

 Selection and awards

 Since the last report on 9thJune, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made one further award totalling approximately US$ 9,777.

 The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 48 awards enabling 40 students from marginalised communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

 The recipients of these awards comprise 20 women and 20 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 28, representing nine ethnic groups, studying 30 different majors at 17 different universities in 5 countries across Asia.

Award Recipient Profiles

 Name:                                                 Kaythi

Age:                                                     27

Ethnicity:                                             Burmese

Subject of Study:                                 Social Science

Level of Study:                                     Bachelor’s

Institution of Study:                             Chiang Mai University 

Award amount:                                   US$ 5031

 Brief overview of candidate

 Kaythi was born in a small village, Magway division.  She grew up with a poor farmer family, and always struggled for a better education. However, her parents sent all of their children to school even though they had experienced economic hardship. She got a chance to study at Minmahaw Education Foundation in Mae Sot, like many other migrant students, from 2007 to 2010 and passed General Education Development (GED) exam. She further polished her English, academic and community skills at Kant Kaw Education Centre for one year before she won a scholarship to study at Chiang Mai University.

Kaythi was a really active student. After completing the GED in Mae Sot, she came back to Myanmar and had a chance to work in Nargies delta area. She went there as a Helpage International member by doing monitoring and evaluation in six villages about revolving funds projects. With those experiences, she became aware of the needs in community, which drove her desire to become a community worker for the future of Myanmar. She applied for a scholarship in 2011 and successfully won the award. Now Kaythi is studying her Bachelor’s degree majoring Social Science at Chiang Mai University (CMU) on order to develop her skills in community development so she can achieve her career goals.

In her own words:

My desire is getting wide range of knowledge in the field of geography and environment conservations, politics and international studies, and sociology to understand every sector of our nation’s problems. I am eagerly to learn our country’s problems by analyzing from many different social aspects. I have faith that studying in CMU can change my life and my society by understanding how the societies organize and change from different perspectives.

Name:                                                 Yamin

Age:                                                     23

Ethnicity:                                             Burmese

Subject of Study:                                 Social Science

Level of Study:                                     Bachelor’s

Institution of Study:                             Chiang Mai University 

Award amount:                                   US$ 4746

 

Brief overview of candidate

 Both of Yamin’s parents are politicians. They were very limited in doing business and were always inspected under the military government. But they could raise their only daughter well. They sent her to Mae Sot in 2007 for further education after she passed her high school final exam. She worked as an intern at MOJO (Burmese independence news agency) for 6 months and got a chance to study at Minmahaw Education Foundation based in Mae Sot for one year GED training. However, when her mother tried to return to Burma after visiting Yamin in Mae Sot, Thailand, she was caught by the military government and sentenced to 24 years in jail.

Both Yamin and her father became exiles, but she did not give up on her education goal even though she had faced many difficulties. She moved to Chiang Mai for a further study opportunity in 2009. She was able to enroll in her first year at Chiang Mai University, majoring in social science, by her father’s support and by her own part time job income. This support would not have been enough to enable Yamin to continue in her studies for a second year, so she applied for a scholarship in order to finance her continued Bachelor’s studies. Now, she has won a scholarship and will continue studying at Chiang Mai University to complete her degree.

In her own words:

I decided to walk on my academic path properly first and I promised myself that I will be back as a better and more academic person to my country and also as a responsible citizen. I also more than thankful that I have to experience a beautiful memory to put me into right journey to my dreams.

Future Plans

 The Arohana Scholarship Fund (ASF) is expecting further funds to be disbursed in late November by GlobalGiving, at which point further scholarship awards will be made.

 

Closing Statement

 We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

 We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

 If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

 With our best wishes,

 Min Thein Win

Program Manager, Scholarships and Student Support

Thabyay Education Network

Email: mintheinwin@thabyay.org

Websites:        www.thabyay.org

                        www.arohanascholarships.org

Jun 10, 2013

One student supported to access higher eduation

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships For Students From Burma’ project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 54,810 since the 1st September 2010 so we are now more than half way to our target of US$ 99,000! 

After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of approximately US$ 50,881 in disbursements from GlobalGiving for the University Scholarships For Students From Burma project (funds are received over time in Thai Baht at different exchange rates, so USD figures can only be approximately calculated).

By the 4th March 2013, we had disbursed approximately US$ 50,069 to scholarship awards.

 

Selection and awards 

Since the last report on 4th March, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made one further award totalling approximately US$ 812.

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 46 awards enabling 39 students from marginalised communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

The recipients of these awards comprise 19 women and 20 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 26), representing nine ethnic groups, studying 30 different majors at 17 different universities in five countries across Asia.

N.B. Names of award recipients have been changed to protect their identities.

 

Award Recipient Profiles

Name: Nway Nway Lin

Age: 20

Ethnicity: Mixed

Subject of Study: Journalism

Level of Study: Bachelor’s

Institution of Study: Hong Kong University  

Award amount: US$ 812

 

Brief overview of candidate

Nway Nway Lin faced many difficulties as a young student aiming to finish high school and obtain high marks to allow her to go to university. With her family’s land taken, and opportunities for employment limited due to the military occupation of her home town, Nway Nway Lin did not have the resources to attend a boarding house at a better school in the city like many other students from her town. Nevertheless, Nway Nway Lin attended the local school and became one of the best students in her class through studying hard. She finished her high school exam with high scores and relocated to the Thai-Burma border for a better opportunity for further education.

After attending a post-10 school for a further two years, she was one of hundreds who sat the annul entrance exam to be admitted to an international GED program, one of the few internationally recognised education programs available along the Thai-Burma border.  The one-year of intensive study in US-standard grade 12 studies helped to prepare Nway Nway Lin for international university studies and helped her to recognise her passion for writing and journalism.  In the final exam, Nway Nway Lin scored in the highest percentile rank for Language Arts – Reading, a remarkable achievement.

Having been admitted on a full tuition scholarship to The University of Hong Kong to study a Bachelor of Journalism, Nway Nway Lin required a small amount of funding to travel to Yangon to obtain a passport and undertake an official English language test, as required by the university. This funding has allowed her to obtain all the necessary documents to accept her offer from The University of Hong Kong, where she will begin studying in September.

In her own words:

“I believe that a media of an international standard should be fair and free of bias. If I become a journalist, I will find out the true stories of these conflicts and reveal to the world and deliver justice to the innocent people. I will use the media freedoms that have been granted recently to write stories that are free of bias and stand on the right side. To be able to do so, I need researching, analysing, and reporting skills. By studying in Hong Kong, I believe I will develop the knowledge I need to work on my plan to stand for the equality.”

 

Future Plans

The Arohana Scholarship Fund (ASF) is expecting further funds to be disbursed in late July by GlobalGiving, at which point further scholarship awards will be made.

 

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

With our best wishes,

 

Katie Hodges

Program Manager, Scholarships and Student Support

Thabyay Education Network

Email: katieh@thabyay.org

Websites: www.thabyay.org

                www.arohanascholarships.org


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U Soe Lay

Senior Program Manager
Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Thailand

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Map of University Scholarships for Students from Burma