When recruiting for Liger Leadership Academy, it is imperative that we find not just the right children but the right families. Such families need to understand the long-term investment made in their children and the country’s future. Liger’s goal is not to recruit children in order to change their lives but rather to recruit those who will, when their lives and opportunities are changed, have the desire, passion, drive and capacity to change the lives of many more of their countrymen and women.  We embrace the fact that our reach exceeds our grasp.

The recruitment process at Liger is approximately a two-year process. This allows for us to really get to know the incoming students before they begin their six-year residential scholarship to study at the Liger Leadership Academy, thus ensuring the highest probability of future success.

The two-year process enables Liger to assess the candidates in the following ways:

  • academic abilities in core subjects
  • language acquisition
  • Liger’s “Change Agent” characteristics
  • personality
  • areas of strength, expertise, and diversity
  • potential for personal growth

The process calls for close collaboration between the Country Director, the Education Director and the National Learning Recruiter.

First trip

The Country Director and National Learning Recruiter begin by travelling to Cambodia’s provinces to introduce Liger to new schools or reintroduce Liger to schools visited in previous recruitment efforts.

All stages of assessment, as well as the management of Liger Leadership Academy staff who perform that assessment, are the responsibility of the Learning Coordinator. Throughout the entire process, the Learning Coordinator and the Country Director are kept completely up to date with student progress.

Second trip

Round 1

The National Learning Recruiter and occasionally Education Director lead a team to deliver the first round of assessment, which includes:

  • math
  • native language reading, writing and comprehension
  • non-verbal puzzle solving
  • creative thinking

Round 1 results are recorded and assessed and students who will participate in round 2 are identified.

We went to 203 primary schools 8000 students were tested they were selected from over 30 000 students

Round 2

The Education Director, National Learning Recruiter, and support team travel to the various government schools to deliver the next level of assessment, which includes:

  • student interviews
  • team building activities
  • leadership challenges
  • academic challenges

Round 3

After assessing delivered coursework and having a knowledge of the students, the Education Director, National Learning Recruiter, Country Director, and other engaged team members compile a list of 100 students to advance to the next round.

Round 4

Students are given projects which demonstrate their self-discipline and motivation. The students must work independently.

Round 5

After assessing their personal projects, the list is narrowed to the students who have shown themselves most likely to succeed. Selected students visit the campus to allow them to better understand the program. This also gives Liger staff the opportunity to work with the candidates for the next cohort and allows Liger to evaluate all students in a communal living environment.

Round 6

The whole body of work is reviewed and a final group of candidates are given a six-month English and computing scholarship. This stage allows for a final, in-depth review of the candidates including their determination and dedication on an extended timescale.

Round 7

At the end of the six months, between 50 and 60 students are awarded a full Liger scholarship for 2 years, renewable annually until graduation provided they continue to achieve Liger Leadership Academy standards. This group forms the new junior cohort.


Liger Leadership Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, or religious affiliation to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Academy and does not discriminate on the basis of these factors in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial award programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.