Bridge Capital awards full-ride NMC scholarship to Cambodian student

Rada Long

Rada Long

A 20-year-old student from Poipet, Cambodia, was recently awarded an all-expense paid scholarship to the Northern Marianas College, courtesy of Bridge Capital LLC and its affiliate, Angkor Capital Specialized Bank in Cambodia.

Rada Long bested 15 other applicants during the interview and application process.

According to Bridge Capital chief operating officer Jody Jordahl, the scholarship program is just in its beginning stages and will eventually lead to local scholarship programs for Northern Marianas Technical Institute and Northern Marianas College students.

When asked what Long intends to take up at NMC, Jordahl said that Long will first enroll in the English Language Institute to improve his language skills. Over time, he will elect between two- or four-year program offerings at the college.

The scholarship allows Long to enroll in any course at the start of the spring semester 2016.

Jordahl said the scholarship allows students from Indochina a chance to experience and pursue academic study in the CNMI.

“We are very proud to play a role in fulfilling young people’s dreams of continuing their education and improving their lives,” Jordahl said.

Long said he looks forward to the opportunity to experience American culture and further his education. He is expected to arrive in time for the start of the spring 2016 semester but is currently awaiting his student visa.

Long has experience working at the Kampot–Takeo–Kep Chamber of Commerce, a division of the Cambodia Chamber of Commerce, and has travelled to countries such as France, Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, and Laos.

Daisy Demapan | Reporter

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