University of Colombo Alumni Association of Canada (UCAAC) has launched a scholarship scheme to support new undergraduate students of the University of Colombo with excellent grades but are financially challenged. In this inaugural year, UCAAC will be granting 10 scholarships, 5 using association funds and the balance personally sponsored by 5 Executive Committee members.
“Our association had the intention to do this for the past few years, however, we did not have a formal mechanism in place to identify deserving candidates, to validate their eligibility or to disburse funds to them when selected, ” explained Sarath Kumarasinghe – President, UCAAC.
“In November last year, we started our conversations with the Registrar of the University and our counterpart organisation in Colombo (University of Colombo Alumni Association). With support from both parties, now we have a formal end-to-end mechanism in place” Sarath explained.
Mr. Karunarathna Paranawithana, Deputy Minister of Mass Media and Parliamentary Affairs in Sri Lanka, a graduate of the University, was handed over a ceremonial copy of the first scholarship by President – UCAAC at the felicitation lunch held in his honour by the association, in Toronto recently.