COLOMBO (NewsRadio); A programme to award scholarships to Advanced Level students from low-income families through the President’s Fund has been initiated.
The President’s Media Division said the programme has been initiated for students who have passed the GCE O/L examination and are sitting for the GCE A/L examination in 2024 on the directives of President Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The President’s Media Division said Secretary to the President Saman Ekanayake has directed the Secretary of the Ministry of Education to start inviting applications from eligible students.
Accordingly, to qualify for the scholarship, the monthly income of the applicant’s family should not exceed Rs. 75,000 and the applicant should be a student studying in a government school or a free private school.
The PMD added the applicant should have sat for the GCE O/L Examination in the year 2021 (2022) for the first time and be qualified to sit for the GCE A/L Examination in the year 2024.
It added the number of scholarships per educational zone is 30, and the selected scholarship winners will receive Rs.5,000.00 each and the bursary will be awarded for a maximum period of 24 months.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education has already forwarded the related applications to the principals.
Scholarship candidates should obtain and complete the application forms and submit them to the respective principals before the 23rd of December 2022 with the relevant recommendation of the Grama Niladhari Officer regarding the income status of the family.
Principals should then forward these applications to the Regional Director of Education.
A committee chaired by the Regional Director of Education would select the applications forwarded by the principals to the Regional Education Offices.
The top 30 candidates would be selected and a copy of the applicant’s National Identity Card, bank account details and other relevant details should be completed by the Regional Director of Education and sent to the Ministry of Education before the 3rd of February 2023 through the Provincial Director of Education.
The relevant application and instructions could be obtained through the website of the President’s Fund at www.presidentsfund.gov.lk.