AMCHAM-MACEE Scholarship Award Brings U.S. Higher Ed to Malaysian Students
Kuala Lumpur, July 18, 2014 – The American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), in conjunction with the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE), is proud to announce the winner of the 2014 AMCHAM-MACEE Scholarship Award, Roumen Guha. The Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Kent Stiegler and AMCHAM President Sanjeev Nanavati presented the award to the recipient today at AMCHAM’s executive office.
The AMCHAM-MACEE Scholarship Award first launched in 2001 and supports competitive and high-achieving Malaysian students in pursuit of American higher education. Every year AMCHAM awards a US$20,000 scholarship spread over four years to Malaysian students who will be pursuing undergraduate studies in the United States. The scholarship fund is made possible by the generous donations of corporate members as well as from AMCHAM charity events.
According to AMCHAM’s President, Sanjeev Nanavati: “AMCHAM is proud to present this scholarship once again to an outstanding Malaysian student. We could not do it without the help of our members, who have generously contributed to Malaysian communities through the scholarship fund as well as through high profile fundraising such as our upcoming Ambassador’s Charity Golf Tournament on October 14, where all proceeds go to the AMCHAM-MACEE scholarship fund. AMCHAM has a strong CSR program jointly run with several member companies, including the Young Enterprise Program and the Junior Achievement Program, which bring global education to primary and secondary students across Malaysia. The AMCHAM-MACEE Scholarship is our chance to bring Malaysian students to the U.S. to gain a new and challenging experience.”
Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Kent Stiegler commented: “I would like to sincerely thank AMCHAM and MACEE for supporting talented students with an opportunity to pursue their dream of higher education. I congratulate Roumen Guha for winning this very competitive scholarship and I am delighted that he will be joining the thousands of other Malaysian students in the United States, where more than 4,500 universities and colleges provide great opportunities for students from around the world to develop their full potential.”
Every year, MACEE receives applications from many qualified students. From there, outstanding applicants are shortlisted and interviewed by MACEE and AMCHAM’s Board of Governors. The candidates are judged on academic performance, leadership ability, and financial need. This year’s recipient, Roumen Guha,beat out several highly qualified candidates to become the 2014 AMCHAM-MACEE Scholar.
Roumen moved judges with his passion and drive for creative learning and real world impact. “We create our own purpose in this world. It has to come from passion, an inimitable need to make a positive difference.” Roumen intends to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering with future goals of attaining a Masters degree in Biomechanics.
With a background in electrical engineering and biology, and a future specialization in biomechanics, Roumen plans to apply his skills around the world for the UN. “I don’t just want to graduate as an engineer, I want to graduate as a better person,” Roumen commented.
Roumen will attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, ranked among the top 30 learning institutions in the world by Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings. Roumen shared his excitement during the award ceremony on Friday with friends and family.
The American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) was founded in 1978 as an international, non-profit, private-sector business association. It comprises nearly 1000 members representing over 350 American, Malaysian and other international companies. The Chamber is affiliated with the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) and with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is the largest chamber of commerce in the world.
EducationUSA-MACEE is appointed to administer the AMCHAM-MACEE Scholarship. The Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) was founded in 1963 as a Malaysian-American bi-national Fulbright Commission, to promote mutual understanding and educational exchange between two countries. MACEE’s EducationUSA Advising Center is the official source of information on higher education in the USA and provides advising services to students interested in pursuing tertiary education in America. Those eligible to apply for the scholarship should contact MACEE.