Our SHE-CAN Scholar:

Nimol Seng

SHE-CAN Scholar: Nimol Seng

Nimol Seng is an incoming First Year student at Gettysburg College. Nimol grew up on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, where she was born and raised in a small family of four. Her parents run a laundromat at home, and her older brother works at a private company. With her supportive family, Nimol had the opportunity to study early at a public school in her community. She was inspired to walk the path toward education in hopes of a bright future. She has always dreamed of studying abroad, specifically in the U.S. Now that she has achieved this accomplishment, her end goal does not stop there. To her, this is just the beginning. Education for her now is not just desirable—it’s indispensable.

Nimol was a source of pride for her family and school because of her outstanding achievements. At her English school, she received five Special Awards of Admiration for ranking in the top three five consecutive times. At her culmination point in high school, Nimol graduated by earning an A grade with an overall score of 99.769, making her the top 1% during the 2021 Cambodia National Exam. Based on her excellent grades, Nimol was awarded a full university scholarship from the Royal University of Phnom Penh before she was given another one from the University of Cambodia, where she studied for almost two semesters. Besides school, Nimol was enthusiastic about seeking new opportunities to help herself grow and contribute to her community in a meaningful way. Throughout her time in high school, she was dedicated to participate in community service, gain leadership experience, and participate in various extracurricular activities. She challenged herself and joined the STEM Sisters Cambodia program, which was supported by the British Embassy in Phnom Penh. The leadership and mentoring skills provided put her in the position of a leader and enabled her to successfully launch her first STEM club at school. Nimol was a volunteer in the production of 50 videos and podcasts for high school students in the University Major and Career Online Series project which was organized by the Fulbright and Undergraduate State Alumni Association of Cambodia (FUSAAC). Through FUSAAC, Nimol got the opportunity to volunteer to assist in organizing the AmCam 2021 event at the U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh. Following that, Nimol was a delegate to the 3rd American University of Phnom Penh Model ASEAN Meeting, where shegained global awareness and took part in diplomatic negotiations to tackle the challenges facing the education sector in the ASEAN region. Through her “Take the Lead,” Nimol led her “Hygiene First” project to promote and raise awareness about personal hygiene among children in an orphanage in her community. She formed a team of volunteers, and they worked together to teach personal hygiene and organize the study sessions for the children.

Nimol intends to become an inspiration for Cambodian girls and women in decision-making positions so that they too can unleash their power and potential to the fullest to shape the destiny of their nation. In the future, Nimol hopes that with her degree from the U.S., she will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to make an impactful development in Cambodia.


Academic Major

Class of 2028

Mentor Team