Scott's story

Humanitarian, Philanthropist, Innovator

Scott has been widely recognised around the world for his enduring care for impoverished children and communities in Cambodia.

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Q Prize

Scott’s first major award for his work in Cambodia came just 3 years after he founded CCF when he received the Harvard School of Public Health’s inaugural “Q Prize”, a prestigious award created to recognize international leadership in advocacy for children.

Scott was presented the Q Prize by Quincy Jones.

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WISE Award

In 2012, through programs like CCF’s Community Schools, Scott was recognized as having developed ‘one of the world’s best initiatives in innovative education’ by receiving a World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Award.

CCF was the first in Southeast Asia to be recognized by the Qatar Foundation for its “transformative impact on education and society."

Principles and ethics

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Ahimsa Award

Also in 2012, Scott was also honored with an Ahimsa Award, presented annually at the Palace of Westminster - House of Commons of the United Kingdom - on the anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, to an individual who embodies non-violence and compassion; previous recipients include Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama.

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Standing For Something Award

In 2014 Scott received the ‘Standing for Something Award’, presented by the Church of the Latter Day Saints in recognition of "the powerful contribution that Scott has made to those in need.”

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Throughout the world there is a surging demand for independence and self-determination. CCF is a shining example of how this can be achieved. They are not dealing out bowls of charity but buckets of inspiration and love to stir the hearts of the young for whom such feelings have been in short supply.

— Michael Mansfield, British QC and human rights activist

Can you be rich and happy?

Scott has said that sharing a stage with the Dalai Lama at the Australia‑Israel Chamber of Commerce in 2015 to discuss the topic “Can you be Rich and Happy” was one of his proudest moments.

Humanitarian Award

In June of 2016 Scott received the Variety International Children’s Fund Humanitarian Award for the “immense difference to countless children’s lives” he has made. Phil Clapp, President of the International Union of Cinemas that presented the Variety Award said about Scott “his achievements both in the film industry and in promoting social justice and community development around the world deserve huge recognition.”

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The Grand Cross

For his services to Cambodia, through work of CCF’s Child Protection Unit, Scott received the Grand Cross - Cambodia's highest award for a foreigner. Scott was presented the medal at a ceremony presided over by HE. Neth Savoeun, the Commissioner General of the Cambodian National Police.

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The Grand Order Of National Merit of Cheatopka

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In 2017 Scott was given Cambodian citizenship in recognition of his contribution to the country. He was then awarded the highest honour in Cambodia by order of King Norodom Sihamoni in 2018. The Grand Order Of National Merit of Cheatopka was founded by King Norodom Sihanouk in October 1995.

It is only awarded to foreign Heads of State and to Cambodian nationals who have performed exceptional services to the nation. The Grand Order of National Merit of Cheatopka has only rarely been awarded.


A year later in December 2018 Scott was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Humanities from the Pannasastra University of Cambodia in Phnom Penh.