Empowering a New Generation of Leaders in the Developing World

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Our Students

Young women living in the Dormitory and Leadership Center, January 2011.

Our students come from small villages all over Cambodia and attend twenty different universities in Phnom Penh. To see a list of all students, their universities and college majors, and contact information CLICK HERE. (An xcel file will be downloaded to your computer in whatever location your downloads go to.) To see photos of our students, class by class, click on the following links (each file is about 750 kilobytes): Class of 2010, Class of 2011, Class of 2012, Class of 2013, Class of 2014, Class of 2015, Class of 2016, Class of 2017, Class of 2018, Class of 2019. (A pdf or jpg file will appear on your screen, and you may save it on your desktop or whatever location you choose.)


To select our students, we make visits to about 40 high schools in 12 provinces of Cambodia, ranging over a wide geographical area. At each high school, we interview the top 4 academically ranked girls. Then we collect high-school transcripts from each girl, her grade on the national high school examination, and a written essay, in response to the question "What do you plan to do with your life after you graduate from university." Based on the interviews, transcripts, and essays, we choose our residents. Our criteria for selection are "intelligence, ambition, and leadership potential." Although family income is not a factor in our admission criteria, almost all of our students come form poor farming families in rural areas. When spaces become available, we accept new students on a rolling basis, subject to our criteria.

Students discuss national and international events in the library at the new Teuk Thla facility

Alumnae Association

Harpswell Alumnae Association officers

As of summer 2012, Harpswell has three years of graduates, Class of 2010, Class of 2011, and Class of 2012. The graduates have recently formed a Harpwell Alumnae Association, with a mission to support the goals of the Harpswell Foundation, to help current Harpswell students, and to provide a network among all Harpswell graduates. On May 27, the officers of the HAA had its first meeting, at the Harpswell Dormitory and Leadership Center at Teuk Thla. As its first projects, the HAA began helping current Harpswell students get summer internships, began regular counseling meetings with current students, and began work on its first Newsletter.

At the beginning of 2013, the Harpswell Alumnae Association published its first newsletter. To see the newsletter, Click Here. A PDF file will be downloaded into your download folder.

Careers of Graduates

As of July 2015, we have 103 graduates, beginning with the class of 2010. Our graduates are working as lawyers in law firms, as project managers in NGOs, as journalists, as financial managers, as staff in the government ministries, as teachers, as business entrepreneurs. Thirty of our graduates have received scholarships for post-graduate study abroad, including at many fine American colleges and universities. (All must sign commitment letters saying that they will return to Cambodia after their education abroad.) A similar number have or will soon receive masters degrees. Click here, to download the xls. file to see the current jobs of all our graduates.

© The Harpswell Foundation 2008
last revised 9/12/16