The 15th and 16th phases of the ‘Ranaviru Dudaru Scholarship Program’ initiated to provide financial support for the education of needy children of the deceased/disabled personnel of Army, Navy, Air Force, Police and Civil Defence Force were implemented under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat on Tuesday (25).
The Seva Vanitha Unit (SVU) of the Ministry of Defence implemented the project.
Scholarships were awarded to 80 children of the war heroes and Rs. 20,000 was given to 25 students who are in grade 1 to 5, and Rs. 30,000 was given to 27 students who are in grade 6 to 8 as well as Rs. 50,000 was given to 30 students who are in grade 9 to Advanced Level class.
Furthermore, school uniforms and shoes were also provided for those children. Laptop computers were given to eight students during the event.
State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene, Secretary of Defence Karunasena Hettiarachchi, the Heads of Security Services including the Commander of the Army, Commander of the Air Force, Director General of Civil Security Department, Chairperson of the Ranaviru Seva Authority, Anoma Fonseka, President of the Ministry of Defence Seva Vanitha Unit, Wasantha Gunawardena and others participated in this event.