College Scholarships for Young Women in Cambodia

by The Chelly Foundation Inc. Vetted since 2017 Site Visit Verified


This project will provide four-year university scholarships (including tuition, room and board, and school supplies) to top scoring high school graduates in the Chumkuri District of Kampot Province, a very poor, rural area of Cambodia where very few female students have the opportunity to go on to college and where few NGOs currently operate. Upon graduation, these scholarship students will have a much better chance at landing a good job, starting a career, and escaping a cycle of poverty.

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Since 2015, The Chelly Foundation has been working in the Chumkuri District of Kampot Province (3 hours south of Phnom Penh), to afford educational opportunities to children of all ages. Families in this rural area of Cambodia are mostly very poor farmers, few of whom can provide their daughters with chance for a better life through achieving a university degree and going on to a good job. This project will provide some of the brightest young women in this rural area with that opportunity.


This project will fund four graduating seniors over the next two years to go on to the Royal University of Phnom Penh or an equivalent institution. The project will supply up to four years of tuition costs, room and board, and school supplies, provided students remain in good standing. The Chelly Foundation will ensure safe housing for the young women. Only students achieving the highest scores on a national exam and who are without financial means to attend college will be eligible.

Long-Term Impact

A university education will enable these young women to have a much better chance at landing a good job, starting a career, and escaping the cycle of poverty for themselves while helping their families. Our first scholarship student, Manouv, now a sophomore at the Royal U. of Phnom Penh, loves chemistry and wants to be a teacher someday. Our Foundation is dedicated to building a magnet school in Chumkuri, where scholarship students may one day come back to their village to teach others.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).


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Organization Information

The Chelly Foundation Inc.

Location: Bethesda, MD - USA
Website: http:/​/​
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Project Leader:
Jason R Baron
Bethesda, MD United States
$5,852 raised of $8,000 goal
63 donations
$2,148 to go
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