The American Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar (AMCHAM Myanmar) awarded scholarships to 35 disadvantaged but outstanding Myanmar students from the University of Yangon and Yangon University of Economics with financial support to complete their undergraduate studies on February 15, 2017.

The AMCHAM Myanmar Scholarship Program was founded in 2014, and is a part of AMCHAM Myanmar’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts. In the first year, the program was able to fund 30 students from University of Yangon. In 2016, the program expanded not only the universities it cooperates with but also the number of students up to thirty-five.

The program has highly competitive criteria for selecting its scholarship recipients; the applicant must be outstanding in their academic performance, in need of financial support, and committed to the AMCHAM Scholarship Program activities. The AMCHAM Myanmar Scholarship can be renewed every year so long as the students meet the AMCHAM Scholarship Renewal Criteria until the student graduates.

AMCHAM Myanmar Scholarship Program aims to recruit a variety of ethnic groups for the scholarship program in line with the diverse ethnic composition of the country. The 35 students who won scholarships for 2017 come from six ethnic groups; Shan, Kayin, Pa-O, Rakhine, Mon and Burma.

AMCHAM Myanmar’s scholarship program does not only award financial support to the students, but ensures that they get the most benefit out of being AMCHAM Myanmar scholarship award winners. The program arranges internship programs, mock job interviews, factory and company visits, and talks and presentations given by key personnel at AMCHAM Myanmar member companies. The program engages those future leaders with the Chamber’s members and businesses to widen the students’ perspectives, their creativity and their critical thinking.

AMCHAM Myanmar believes that the key to driving the country towards a better future is to enrich and build the capacity of the youth, who will in turn benefit Myanmar’s society as a whole. For more information, please go to http://www.amchammyanmar.com/accm/asp/general.asp?MenuCatID=7&MenuItemID=130&SponsorID=0.

About Myanmar

AMCHAM Myanmar is the leading international business association in Myanmar with over 500 members representing over 170 American, Myanmar, and other international companies. The member companies represent a diverse collection of industries and nationalities, but share a common goal to expand commerce between Myanmar and the U.S. and operate according to the highest international business standards. The Chamber was founded in 2013. For more information, please go to www.amchammyanmar.com.