In 2006, Karen and Dan Pritzker established Jay Pritzker Academy, an English-language K-12 school with English instruction and an American curriculum near Seam Reap, Cambodia. Now graduates are beginning to apply for places in American colleges and universities. They are being accepted into wonderful colleges, but most colleges do not offer full scholarships for foreign students. Virtually all the parents of JPA students are subsistence rice farmers and cannot afford the costs not covered by financial aid, often about $15,000 per year. You can contribute to sending one of these fine and well prepared students to college. The expectation is that they will return to Cambodia and contribute in important ways to that country’s growth. In the fall of 2015, there will be three students enrolling at Wabash College, my alma mater, thanks to contributions from Wabash alumni to The Bill Cook Foundation. In the future, we hope to be able to provide similar support for at graduates of Starehe School in Nairobi.
Update: The three young men from Siem Reap and graduates of the Jay Pritzker Academy there have successfully finished their first semester of college at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Rithy is a biochem major, Sovann a math major, and Bakhann a physics major. They are playing intramural sports and have joined clubs and also work at the College to help to pay the cost.