THE STARS ARE STILL ALIGNED But more support is needed for two worthy scholarship winners

Back in August 2019, the Royal Coast Review was able to report our most heart-warming story of the year after attending Stamford International University Cha-Am campus for a very special occasion.

THE STARS ARE STILL ALIGNED But more support is needed for two worthy scholarship winners

The ‘Stars Were Aligned For Two Scholarship Winners’ was the RCR story about how the ‘Stars’, Multi-Culti Club legendry charity fund raiser Lizzy Ginsel, the Rotary Club of Royal Hua Hin, Phetchaburi’s Ratprachnukhoh School, and Stamford International University, had collaborated to make a dream come true for two young ladies with few prior opportunities in in life. 

THE STARS ARE STILL ALIGNED But more support is needed for two worthy scholarship winners

The special occasion was a payment of 700,000 THB from the MCC charity funds into Rotary’s stewardship to enable the two students concerned, Dee Dee Kosin and Kwanthip Phutdee, to look forward to life-changing tertiary education scholarships.

THE STARS ARE STILL ALIGNED But more support is needed for two worthy scholarship winners

From a Rotary perspective this support is a part of a worldwide strategy aiming to empower girls to achiever a better future.

See that story at https://royalcoastreview.com/2019/08/the-stars-were-aligned-for-two-scholarship-winners/

A little over two years later, heartfelt promises to a commit to their education have been honored by both students.  This hasn’t been an easy journey with Covid-related restrictions for in class learning but their determination has shone through with above average results in their university assessments.

As Rotarian and Director of the Stamford Student Centre, Ms Benjamas Uamsa-ard says “Dee Dee and Kwanthip have thrived in the university environment, they never fail to meet any requirement and they are both exemplary students.”

THE STARS ARE STILL ALIGNED But more support is needed for two worthy scholarship winners

Dee Dee and Kwanthip’s journey has included finding employment with an accountancy firm in clerical positions, at least in part to help their Karon families remaining near the Thai-Myanmar border.  Their longer term goals after completing tertiary education in business studies are likely to lead to careers in education or health.

Dee Dee says “since studying, I’m happy and thankful that I have received a scholarship. It has opened up the world for me to learn new things, both people, work and society. I’ve learned things that I didn’t know before I went to study at Stamford.  I have a new job that gives me an extra income. Because of my part-time job I can lighten my parents’ burden and help my younger brother to study.  When I graduate, I am determined to find a stable job to serve as a pillar for my family and younger siblings in the future.”

THE STARS ARE STILL ALIGNED But more support is needed for two worthy scholarship winners

From Kwanthip “Studying at Stamford has helped me to open up more worlds, get to know more people, executives, business people and big people, including foreigners. Life has improved a lot from before. I was just a kid who worked as a day laborer without thinking about my future, but after receiving a scholarship and continuing my education, it can make me think and do what I dreamed.

I dreamed that my parents would have a comfortable home. It was difficult when I was a child. Now I don’t have a house with a leaky roof, don’t have to borrow rice, don’t have to sit and watch TV at other people’s houses, don’t have to let my younger siblings sit and watch other people eat snacks like me when I was young.

The funds could make my dreams come true. Now I have more money to send to dad than sometimes I can’t before. Now I can pay for their food, water and electricity bills. This just made me very happy.

If I graduate, I can make my parents feel proud that I can complete my degree because no one in my family has graduated yet. In the future after graduation, I intend to find a stable job. After receiving my ID card, I would like to open a shop at home so that my parents don’t have to work tirelessly anymore. They can stay at home and be an elder who takes care of the children. And I will take care of my siblings and support them to study until they finish degree like me.

I would like to thank everyone for giving me the opportunity to learn how to improve my life from rural children without Thai ID cards until now.”

THE STARS ARE STILL ALIGNED But more support is needed for two worthy scholarship winners

But with two semesters remaining to be completed, around 120,000 THB in funding is still needed to complete this story.  Lizzy’s customary MCC fund raising events in Hua Hin haven’t been possible during Covid times to make up the shortfall although a big fund raising event at the Hyatt in Bangkok on the 23rd December will make a difference.

To learn how to support this MCC event or to offer other ways to ensure Dee and Kwanthip’s journey will be completed, contact lizzy.huahin@mycity-thailand.com