Cambodia needs well-trained and passionate medics to help build a better nation.
With a belief that a person’s desire and ability to heal should not be determined by how much money they have, Awareness Cambodia is opening up opportunities for talented and driven Cambodians to pursue medical careers.
Taking a holistic approach to care, education and health, Awareness Cambodia has developed a medical scholarship program to help train the medics of the future.
The scholarship is designed to help alleviate poverty in Cambodia by enabling students from underprivileged backgrounds, who show academic excellence and aptitude for medicine, to complete medical studies at the International University in Phnom Penh. A partnership between the very successful Graduation House program (which opens up university education to students who would otherwise have no opportunity to study at a tertiary level), the International University, senior Operation Nightingale doctors and medical specialists in Australia, began by taking in two students in 2014.
With the intention that the new doctors will ‘give back’ to the province, upon graduation the scholarship recipients will be contracted to work with Operation Nightingale or another provincial medical project for a couple of years.
To encourage scholarship ‘ownership’, Awareness Cambodia will initially provide 80 per of the university fees while the successful candidates will be required to fund the remaining 20 per cent. Awareness Cambodia will hold 20 per cent of funds in trust to be given to the scholarship recipient after completion of their post-graduate medical service with the organisation. The scholarship also provides study materials, food, electricity and accommodation until the students successfully complete their degree(s).