SeKuRa University scholarship scheme for Sri Lankan Students
The “SeKuRa” University scholarship scheme is for Sri Lankan students of any ethnicity/ religion, pursuing their studies at State Universities. This project aims to assist university students who are facing economic difficulties to continue their studies without hindrance. The value of the scholarship is Rs.5000 per month for twelve months per annum. The students will receive this scholarship until they complete their University education. Eligibility criteria such as being undergraduate students in identified state universities, having a low annual family income, etc were considered.
This university scholarship scheme commenced in 2021 with forty students from two state Universities – the Faculty of Science of the University of Colombo and the Engineering faculty of the University of Moratuwa. In 2022 it was extended to five more Universities – University of Sri Jayewardenepura, the University of Ruhuna, the University of Kelaniya, the University of Jaffna and the University of Peradeniya. Currently, one hundred and six (106) university students receive these monthly scholarships.
A meeting was held on 25th January 2023 between the donors of the scholarships, Mr Rajitha Kariyawasan and Mrs Kumudini Kariyawasan, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo, Senior Professor (Chair) H.D. Karunaratne, and the recipients of the “SeKuRa” scholarships, to discuss the objectives of the scholarship scheme. The Dean of Science, Professor Upul Sonnadara also attended the meeting. During the meeting, the Vice Chancellor expressed his sincere appreciation to the donors for their generosity and their continued patronage in the future, and Professor Sonnadara praised them for their commitment towards assisting the selected students of the Faculty of Science.