Today, The School for Field Studies (SFS), the U.S.’s largest environmental study abroad program for college undergraduates, announced the establishment of a new scholarship supporting students of Cambodian descent. The Cambodian-American Scholarship, part of SFS’s Heritage Scholarship program, supports Cambodian American students who enroll in “The Living Mekong,” SFS’s semester-length environmental study abroad program in Cambodia.
Introduced last September, The Living Mekong: Environmental Ethics and Conservation program is a semester length environmental study abroad program based in Siem Reap. This unique field-based academic program examines the importance of the Mekong River as a source of livelihood for millions of people. The Living Mekong is operated in the fall and spring semesters each year, and offers an opportunity for undergraduate students to work with SFS faculty on important environmental research regarding the impact of climate change, urbanization and agriculture on the ecosystems that comprise the Mekong region. Students receive 18 semester hours of academic credit. The term culminates with a directed research project in which the students design and carry out environmental field work, then present their findings to local communities in the region.
To learn more about The Living Mekong semester abroad program, visit: www.fieldstudies.org/mekong