Vol. 4, No. 2
The Scholarship www.ceefoundation.org
C a m b o d i a n E d u c a t i o n E x c e l l e n c e Fo u n d a t i o n
Letter from the President: Briefs
► The scholarship applications for school
Dear friends and supporters, year 2010-2011 are being accepted. The
I have very uplifting news to share with all of you. deadline is November 15, 2010. Visit
Our small seeds of investment in education have www.ceefoundation.org for details.
yielded good returns. We have helped hundreds of
students since the launch of our CEE Foundation in ► CEE Foundation Education Night, the
2007. Seventeen bright and promising students emerge as the class of third Annual Halloween Fundraiser, will be
2010. The Cambodian Education Excellence Foundation Scholarships held on Friday October 29, 2010, at
have enabled recipients to experience opportunities that were never be- Harvest Moon Restaurant, Falls Church,
fore deemed possible. Virginia. For details, visit:
We are sure that these blossoms will soon bear fruits, not just for Publications_files/20101029_EN-VA.pdf
their own bright future, but for the future of their families and society.
They will be invaluable resources to the country. ► A new initiative is being conceptualized
The 17 graduates are from different fields of study including IT, edu- by CEE Foundation in collaboration with
cation, engineering, laws, economics, and accounting. Three graduates Khmers inside Cambodia — the Computer
are pursuing higher degrees outside Cambodia and the others are Learning Center which has the following
mostly employed. See Class of 2010 on page 2 for details. goals:
The successful scholarship programs, as well as other projects, have
brought more encouragement and satisfaction that inspire us to contem- 1. Facilitate access to workforce by
plate an innovative and exciting concept, a Computer Learning Center. providing students with opportunities to
This will be a joint project with equal share of responsibilities between work part-time while pursuing higher
the CEE Foundation and our compatriots inside Cambodia. The Com- education.
puter Learning Center will be managed by the students for the benefits 2. Promote a spirit of personal
of the students. Also, in partnership with the Khmer Joomla organization, responsibility and ownership.
we will create human resources in IT by training Cambodians on how to 3. Promote new approach of sharing and
build and host websites, improve the Khmer Fonts, and create an e- helping each other.
learning and e-library. The training will be free to students. 4. Expand the networking of CEE
Foundation scholarship recipients with
I appreciate your dedicated commitment and continued support to the
CEE Foundation. With your help, we will be able to provide Cambodian
5. Provide sound quality of basic computer
students with a good and solid foundation that enable them to become
skills with minimal cost.
the future builders of a bright and prosperous Cambodia. Thank you all
6. Promote a free access to e-book and e-
Samrang Kchao, M.D. 7. Facilitate access to the internet.
President, CEE Foundation
► August 28, 2010: Inauguration of a
Computer Lab at Russey Chroy school,
Student Meeting at ITC—9/28/2010
• Update on new scholarship applica-
• Set up a group of representatives
from each university for better com-
munication among students.
• Agreed to share idea/work for the
future computer learning center.
• Will have a regular meeting every
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Congratulations Class of 2010 Graduates! A First Step . . .
By Samrang Kchao
CEE Foundation is proud to present our 17 scholarship re-
cipients who graduated in 2010. The graduates are from It all began in 2009 with a phone call that led to an
different fields of study including IT, education, engineering, informal meeting at Serey Mao’s residence in Newtown,
laws, economics, and accounting. Most of the graduates are PA. Here, five of us gathered together: Ms. Noreen Neal,
now employed, and three are pursuing higher degrees out- a Cambodian high school student along with her parents,
side Cambodia: Mr. Serey Mao and I, were all committed to providing
students with an educational tool and a window to the
world. We decided to provide an eco-friendly computer
lab located at Russey Chroy School, Kandal, in Mr.
Serey Mao’s hometown. This is the third computer lab
established by the CEE Foundation. We hoped that this
effort will help to continue to close the gap that currently
exists between rural Cambodians and the rest of the
Liv Yee, gradu- But Chann- Meas Mardi, world.
ated from Institute sophea, gradu- graduated from With support from friends, family members, through
of Technology of ated from Royal Royal University both direct donation and a fundraiser led by Ms. Noreen
Cambodia (ITC), is University of of Phnom Penh Neal on February 27, 2010 in Philadelphia, our project
now at University Law and Eco- (RUPP), is now at has been able to grow. This allowed us to purchase: ten
of Boras, Sweden, nomics (RULE), Hanoi Architec- energy-efficient PC desktops, one laser printer and one
for an Industrial is now at Agnes tural University, copy/fax machine.
Business Engi- Scott College in Vietnam, for her With the help of Mr. Kranit Ke, a CEE Foundation
neering degree. Georgia, U.S.A. Masters degree. scholarship recipient and several of his friends in Phnom
Penh, we were able to install all equipment. On August
The other 14 graduates are as follows: 28, 2010, we held an opening ceremony to mark the be-
Buoy Pisal, Pao Kim- ginning of this new and expanding project. Attending the
graduated thang, gradu- ceremony were: our Board members Mr. Chip Tan and
from RUPP, is ated from Mr. Sopheap Ley, and Mr. Norith Pou, a supporter from
working as a RULE, is a Oregon, USA. Continued p. 3
continued onon p. 3
software de- part-time Eng-
veloper at 7 lish teacher at Thaung Bo- Chey Keo-
Technology Sachak Asia phana, dina, gradu-
Groups. Development Institute graduated ated from
Eng Sonita, (SADI). from ITC, is RUPP in
graduated Khuon working at computer
from RUPP, is Khemry, Pharma Prod- sciences.
a lecturer and graduated uct Manufac-
assistant re- from RUPP, is turing as a Khy Ou-
searcher in the working as a Laboratory Engineer in dom, gradu-
Department of staff volunteer the department of quality ated from
Tourism at Royal University at IT Center, control in chemistry for ITC, is work-
of Phnom Penh. Royal Univer- pharmaceutical products. ing as a Da-
Son Hien, sity of Phnom Penh. Iv Sovanpi- tabase De-
graduated Chhang So- dor, gradu- veloper of
from Build phy, gradu- ated from Marie Stopes Organiza-
Bright Univer- ated from ITC, RULE, is tion, and as an IT staff
sity, is an As- is working as a working as an at IT Center of the Royal
sistant Director Cost Controller assistant ac- University of Phnom
-General for at Hanil Engi- countant at Penh. He is also pursu-
Global Gold neering and Kingdom ing a Masters degree in
and Forex Investment Con- Construction Breweries Cambodia IT at Royal University of
sultant Co., Ltd. Co.,Ltd. Limited. Phnom Penh.
Hok Siem, Heng Sokea, Keo Mony- Chiv So-
graduated graduated roth, gradu- phak, gradu-
from RULE, is from RULE, is ated from ated from
looking for working as a Rule in ac- ITC in rural
scholarship to clerk at Vat- counting. engineering.
study abroad. tanac Bank.
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Scholarship Awards 2009-2010 continued from p. 2
Our goal to provide Cambodians with the op-
portunity to see the world through the click of a
mouse has almost been reached. We now must
take the second step towards allowing Cambodi-
ans of this town to be able to obtain the endless
sources of information by helping them gain ac-
cess to the internet.
I would like to express my sincere thanks and
appreciation to Mr. Serey Mao and Ms. Noreen
Neal. Without all their hard work and dedication to
this important cause we would not have begun
this first step.
List of Donors, January - September 2010
Alan P Lightman John Gruber
Angkor Association Joseph Sawe
Ann Satterthwaite Judith Brandt
Anne F. S. Gucinski Judith M. Haupt
Arvina F. Huang Juliana Wong Lee
Benjamin & Son Enterprise Khmer Live TV
Bevan's Cold Cuts Kosal Diep
Borana EA Kristina Dayback
Bradley R Biedermann kristina M. Dayback
Brian J. Seidel LA-Kchao, LLC
Bunkorn Yun Laura Novo
Cambodian Americans for Linda M. Mundy
Human Rights and Democ- Lorna Pol
racy Ly Meng Gov
Cambodian Association of Ly Sangvuth
Greater Philadelphia Marang Preap
Carlos Herrera Matthew D. Chea
Chad VanDenBerg Matthew T. Meyer
Chanly Bob Mealy & Samudd Chhim
Chansivatha Nhem Michael R Hsing
Chhay Hok Lor Millicent L Howe
Chrea Sondavy Mr. Civarath Bong Tum
Christine Scheerder Nary Po
Christopher Lapel Nathan Son
Clark Construction Group, Nellie L. Scott
LLC Nerou N. Cheng
Clemente Park Chiropractic Nixa Khuon
Daniel Poeu Patricia Collins
Daravy Ma Perom Uch
David Hong Pheng Kho
Davouth Khuon Ramesh Sharma
Dearsy Webb Rany Kchao
Denise M. Glennon Richard Stokes
Dearsy Webb Rochelle Ostroff-Weinberg
Denise M. Glennon Sam & Sara Hauvsim
Droisys, Inc Samrang Kchao
Elaine J. Crauderueff Serey Kiman
Emerson Gould Sharon L Chen
Heang T Srun Sim Taing
Herbert Shiroff Sochievy & Youly Puth
Houng Son continued on p. 4
continued on p. 4
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Dear friends, Chea Smarn School — By Dave Khuon
A group of families and friends of the CEE Foundation is assisting Chea
The main goal of the CEE Foundation is to provide en-
Smarn School, a hybrid of elementary and junior high rural school serv-
couragement, opportunity, and access to higher educa-
ing five neighboring villages. The group, believing that Cambodia’s edu-
tion to poor but deserving Cambodian students who
cation excellence begins in rural villages where young students are ea-
have demonstrated academic excellence, moral char-
ger to learn to enrich themselves, has provided the school with supplies
acter, integrity, and career objectives. Your contribution
for students and books for the library.
and support over the years have paid us extraordinary
dividends. Some of the students have already accom- Chea Smarn School is about 25 km southwest of
plished a great step of their educational dreams. the provincial capital of Siemreap. It is at the
south end of the Bakong district, which is famous
The CEE Foundation shares the important goal of mak- for its pre-Angkorian (group Roluos) temples. The
ing a difference, whether it’s providing scholarships to school has so little resources yet undertakes big
hundreds of students, supporting English classes, fund- responsibilities. It serves 650 students with just
ing a library and school supply, and providing material 10 fulltime teachers and 8 classrooms housed in a
and equipment for computer labs. And you all have facility with only two toilets and two exit doors. The lack of facilities,
made this difference! Recently, seventeen CEE Foun- compounded with the yearly flooding from the Tonle-Sap Lake, causes a
dation scholarship recipients have graduated (See severe sanitation issue. The scarcity of education materials limits the
Class of 2010 on page 2). These graduates may not students’ ability to learn. Most students are so poor that some cannot
have been here if your help were not available. We even afford pencils and paper.
thank you for making this possible and for your financial We began our activities by concentrating in two areas: (1) providing
support during the past years. We are counting on your basic school supplies, such as, pencils and paper and second-hand
continued commitment and generosity in 2011 and be- school clothes to the neediest, and (2) equipping the library with educa-
yond. This will help to provide funding for: (i) the 2010- tional materials, such as CDs, DVD/TV, and books. These essentials
2011 scholarship programs; (ii) the school library at also promote an environment for developing language skills in Khmer,
Phoum Svay school in Banteay Meanchey; (iii) the Eng- English, French, etc. The students can use these skills immediately with
lish classes in Battambang; (iv) the Khmer Joomla or- the tourists since Chea Smarn is close to the major tourism centers in
ganization; (v) the Computer Learning Center; and (vi) Siemreap.
the internet access at Russey Chroy computer lab. Our future plan includes (1) building more classrooms with electricity,
(2) providing more books in agriculture, math, sciences, and social stud-
The CEE Foundation strongly believes in an “Education ies, (3) supporting area field trips, and (4) developing off-site mentoring.
Opportunity for All” and is committed to providing finan- We will also equip the school with computers and network/internet for
cial resources to help Cambodian youths achieve a access to the outside world.
It is a CEE Foundation goal to promote students with good habits of
The Scholarship self-motivation and a thirst for knowledge. We will encourage parents to
get more involved with their children education. We will also attempt to
form partnerships among the schools and institutions of higher education
List of Donors (continued) in the area. This will ensure a sustainable program for Chea Smarn
Sojaita Hua Thavro Phim School, which will result in better serving the students and communities,
Sokhanno & Serey Mao Tonic D Tep thus, moving the country forward.
Sokhom Suy Tupa Khuon
Somanette Seang Valerie & Kantol Khek
Sophorn Bou Ven. Kim Cang
Sovatdy Yim Viguen Ter Minassian
Stefanie Porges Wolfson, Virginia Duerr
MD. Vithya & Chantal Peou
S t r e t c h Y o u r D o l l a r
Su-Jean Huang Vuthy Ou
Sun, Kenny Warren J. Hauser
Would you join our Five Dollars per Person per Year plan?
Teletronics Technology William Diep Please send your contribution—mark it “$5 Plan” —payable to:
Corp. CEE Foundation/Treasurer and send it to the address shown below.
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