AMCHAM Lao Chapter Awards Scholarships to Local Students
Giving back to the Lao community, especially in the areas of economics and business, has been an important objective of the AMCHAM Lao Chapter since its inception. This year AMCHAM Lao launched its Scholarship Program to support potential future business and economic leaders in Lao PDR. The inaugural scholarships were disbursed to 12 students at a ceremony held on August 27 at the Vientiane Plaza Hotel.
The scholarships are designed to help Lao students at colleges and universities in Vientiane with the costs of school tuition and books in the upcoming year. Students studying in the capital but originally from the provinces were especially encouraged to apply. The students were chosen based on their expressed aspirations to positively contribute to the future economic development of the Lao PDR.
Funds for the scholarships were raised at the annual AMCHAM Lao picnic held on October 25, 2014 and from AMCHAM Lao’s Charity Golf Day which was held on February 6 of this year. Proceeds from the picnic were supplemented by donations from Sciaroni & Associates, DFDL, Lao Asia Pacific Breweries, Lao Ford City, Swensen’s, Pimenton Open Fire Steakhouse, Lao Brewery Company, and Annam Fine Foods. The Charity Golf Day was sponsored by Lao Ford City, Lao Coca- Cola Bottling Company, Quick Lane and Lao Asia Pacific Breweries.
Additional activities are planned in the coming year to engage the students with AMCHAM Lao members who are business leaders in the region.