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The Colombo YMBA Trust Fund Committee successfully awarded a record number of Scholarships to bright and deserving students at the Scholarship Awards Ceremony held recently at the Colombo YMBA Main Hall. A special feature of this year’s awards were, in addition to the Undergraduate Students the Trust Fund Committee also being able to award bright and deserving 75 GCE. A/L students who are studying in schools of the neighborhood of the Colombo YMBA Borella, namely Ananda College, Nalanda College, Ananda Balika Vidyalaya, Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Gothami Balika Vidyalaya, Yashodara Balika Vidyalaya, DS Senanayake College, Ratnaveli Balika Vidyalaya and Susamayawardhana Vidyalaya. A/L Student winners were selected on a criteria adopted by the Colombo YMBA Trust Committee with recommendations given by the respective Principals of schools nominating the students. All bright and deserving Undergraduate Students attached to local Universities following courses in Medicine, Engineering, Management, Agriculture, etc. mainly from outstation areas were interviewed by a Committee headed by the Branch Secretary of Trust Funds Anura Serasingha prior to selection. Funds for the total value of the Scholarships amounting to over Rs. 4.40 million were funded by the Colombo YMBA as well as by various Individuals who generously contributed to make the Awards Ceremony a success.

Prof. J B Dissanayake, the former Head of the Sinhala Language Department University of Colombo and former Ambassador for Sri Lanka in Thailand, was the chief guest. A musical Item was especially composed for the event by the Teacher-in-Charge for Music at Devi Balika Vidyalaya, and was performed by the Musical Orchestra of Ananda Balika Vidyalaya in appreciation and gratitude to the Colombo YMBA for awarding such large number of Scholarships to Bright and Deserving Students in both Universities and GCE Advanced Level classes.

The Colombo Trust Fund Committee wishes to note that there are several Trust Funds established through the Colombo YMBA under individual Trust names and these valuable Trusts established are assisting immensely to support bright and deserving students, mainly undergraduates annually, utilizing bank interests earned from such Individual deposits established in their favor. Those who are keen to establish such Trust Deposits in one’s name or in memory of a loved one, under the Trust Funds of the Colombo YMBA could be in contact with the General Manager Maj. Gen. PST Liyanage (Tel 2682397) of the Colombo YMBA, will be glad to provide details to any person/s interested in contributing for this valued cause by undertaking individual Scholarships.