In their ongoing efforts to empower the educational aspirations of the nation’s young minds, Citizens Development Business Finance PLC (CDB) recently concluded the 14th season of its Sisudiri Scholarship Programme. This year’s rendition led to 150 deserving students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds from across the 25 districts, being awarded scholarships to support them in continuing their education.
Held on the 7th of October 2022 at the BMICH, students who achieved excellent academic results in the Grade 5 scholarship examination and G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examinations in the year 2020 were awarded for their efforts in the presence of Chief Guest Senior Prof. Sampath Amaratunge, Chairman – University Grants Commission.
Speaking on this initiative, Mahesh Nanayakkara – Executive Director / MD / CEO of CDB said, “Our purpose at CDB is to empower aspirations of Sri Lankans, through good times and bad. As such, with this year’s Sisudiri scholarships, we increased the number of scholarships to 150 from 100 in the previous years, and also increased the amount each recipient will receive each year, so that we are able to assist more children,”
One hundred students who excelled in the Grade 5 Scholarship examination were awarded scholarships worth Rs. 12,500 per year for five years, totalling Rs. 62,500 per student. Meanwhile, 50 high academic achievers of the G.C.E Ordinary Level examination were awarded annual scholarships worth Rs. 17,500 for two years, totalling Rs. 35,000 per student pursuing their higher education.
Darshana Jayasinghe – Senior Deputy General Manager, Marketing of CDB added, “The Sisudiri scholarship programme is part of the Socially Conscious pillar under CDB’s Sustainability Agenda, where we work towards the UN SDG of Quality education, ultimately creating Community Impact and Financial Inclusion. With the conclusion of the Sisudiri Scholarship Programme – Season 14, CDB has provided scholarships to more than 850 deserving students since its commencement in 2008. It is expected that this programne will continue to empower the aspirations of the nation’s future generation, and thereby seeing the realisation of national goals.”