University Scholarship Program Update

Rose Charities Sri Lanka (RCSL) began in 2005 with the support of Canadian volunteers, local community workers and generous donations. The organization has since evolved into a large-scale educational enrichment initiative targeting at-risk children and youth at every stage of development. RCSL’s holistic approach encompasses programs at the preschool, primary, secondary and post-secondary level.

Primary school sports programs empower girls while secondary exam preparation programs mentor students. Both programs work to equip young Sri Lankans with the confidence and skills to pursue their dreams in University. Thus, the University Scholarship Program is a critical tenet of to RCSL’s education project as it strengthens all of the other community programs.

The University Scholarship Program targets students that have been affected by the 2005 Tsunami, civil war and poverty. Despite free tuition for a post-secondary education in Sri Lanka, costs such as books, accommodation and transportation are prohibitive barriers for students from low-income families. The Scholarship program provides students with $260 (CAD) per year, a small sum relative to the long-term benefits to the student, community, and overall development of the country.

Since the Scholarship Program’s foundation, 19 students have graduated in various disciplines, including Arts and Culture, Engineering, Management, Medicine and Computer Science. This wide range of expertise creates a group of successful individuals who now have the ability to give back to their community. The Scholarship Program is not the final stage of the education enrichment initiative rather it is a means of reincorporating resources into the community of Kulmunai so that Rose Charities Sri Lanka can eventually become a sustainable operation.

Pamini received a scholarship in 2007, allowing her to pursue a post-secondary education. Since her widowed mother earns just $200 per year, Pamini used her scholarship to pay for books and transportation in order to obtain her university degree in Arts and Culture. Pamini now plans to help her mother and pay for her younger brother and sister’s education.

After 5 successful years, the need for university scholarships is greater than ever.  Seventeen students are currently enrolled in Sri Lankan Universities for the January 2011 term, 6 of them will still require financial support in order to make their dreams a reality. These students include:

Devanayagam Angella Nishani

  • University: Eastern University, Sri Lanka
  • Program of Study: Bachelors of Science
  • Expected Graduation Date: December 2011

Yokesvaran Kalaivathanan

  • Age: 24
  • Town of Birth: Thirukkovil, Sri Lanka
  • University: Eastern University, Sri Lanka
  • Program of Study: Medicine
  • Expected Graduation Date: December 2012

Sithambaram Sanjeevkanth

  • Age: 24
  • Town of Birth:
  • University: University of Paradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Program of Study: Engineering
  • Expected Graduation Date: December 2012

Nadeeshan Pakeerathan

  • Age: 24
  • Town of Birth: Sammanthurai, Sri Lanka
  • University: Eastern University, Sri Lanka
  • Program of Study: Medicine
  • Expected Graduation Date: December 2012

Kesupathy Viyarathan

  • Age: 22
  • University: Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • Program of Study: Earth Resource Engineering
  • Expected Graduation Date: December 2012

Kesupathy Geevarathan

  • Age: 22
  • University: Eastern University, Sri Lanka
  • Program of Study: Medicine
  • Expected Graduation Date: December 2012

Without funding, these 6 students are unable to accept their offers for a university education. The Rose Charities University Scholarship program asks for your help once again to empower young people and their communities through education.

If you would like to sponsor one or more of the 6 University students, please:

  1. Click DONATE in the top right corner
  2. In the comments section specify University Scholarship Program and which student you would like to fund.

If you have any questions or comments please contact us at:

amanda@rosecharities.ca

Thank you for your ongoing support!