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Ceylinco Life holds ‘Pranama Scholarships’ programme

Kelaniya University Vice Chancellor Senior Professor Nilanthi De Silva, Ceylinco Life Managing Director and CEO Thushara Ranasinghe and the two current scholarship winners who spoke at the virtual ceremony.
Kelaniya University Vice Chancellor Senior Professor Nilanthi De Silva, Ceylinco Life Managing Director and CEO Thushara Ranasinghe and the two current scholarship winners who spoke at the virtual ceremony.

Ceylinco Life recently hosted its 21stannual ‘Pranama Scholarships’ programme via a virtual ceremony during which 147 young Sri Lankans who had excelled at public exams and extracurricularactivities were presented scholarships exceeding Rs 11.1 million in value.

The ceremony which was live streamed via Zoom for the second consecutive year, saw the participation of over 200 pupils, parents and teachers. Senior Professor Nilanthi De Silva, Vice Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya graced the online event as the guest speaker.

Current scholarship winners M.B. Amandi Dilshara Samarawickrama placed first in the Galle district and Thanaraj Sundarbavan placed first in the Jaffna district at the GCE Advanced Level examination also addressed the audience during the ceremony. Ceylinco Life ‘Pranama Scholarships’ are presented to policyholder’s children who achieve the best results in their respective districts at the Year 5 scholarship examination, the GCE Ordinary Level and the GCE Advanced Level as well as to those who excel at the national level in sports, invention, drama, cultural activities, or display other special skills. The Company also pays special cash awards to policyholder’s children who are placed second, third and fourth at district level at the GCE Advanced Level examinations.

The latest edition of ‘Pranama Scholarships’ rewarded 28 students who excelled at the 2021 Year 5 scholarship examination with Rs 120,000 each, payable in instalments over five years.

Another 25 students who excelled at the 2020 G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examinations will each receive Rs 84,000, payable monthly over two years, while 25 students placed 1stin their districts at the 2020 G.C.E. Advanced Level examinations will receive scholarships worth Rs 144,000 each, payable over a three-year period.

Furthermore, one-time payments of Rs 30,000 each were presented to 65 students placed 2nd, 3rd and 4thin their districts at the 2020 GCE Advanced Level examination. Another four students who excelled in sports, drama, invention or creative fields in 2020 and 2021 at national or international levelwere presented merit awards, each to the value of Rs 35,000.

Additionally, 506 students who were ranked in the top ten in all three public examinations at a district level are to be presented with certificates of appreciation at their respective branches, shortly.

Since its inception in 2002, the Pranama Scholarships scheme has resulted in the awarding of Rs 166 million in scholarships to 2,887 students, and with the 21st edition of scholarships presented in 2022 that figure has reached Rs 177.1 million and benefited 3,034 young Sri Lankans. Ceylinco Life launched the programme to reduce the education-related financial burden on parents. Many past Pranama Scholarship winners are now doctors, lawyers, engineers, or in other pivotal positions that contribute to the development of society.

 


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