JASTECA offers 25 scholarships to needy A/L students

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Apart from its main objectives of Japan-Sri Lanka technical cooperation and transference of Japanese technology and management styles, JASTECA has taken great strides in indulging in CSR activities, the Madam Kiyoko Ogawa scholarship project being the most outstanding of them all. Supporting maintenance and up keep of Arachchikanda Hospital is yet another CSR project of JASTECA. The main benefactor of this project is Kiyoko Ogawa from Japan who has stepped forward to assist poor, needy and deserving GCE Advanced level students to continue with their higher education. The project which is administered by JASTECA on behalf of Kiyoko Ogawa has been funding 25 students every year, up to 325 students so far, during the past 13 years. Annually JASTECA identifies different remote districts for funding and this year they have selected Dimbulagala Education Zone in the Polonnaruwa District. In 2011 and 2012, students from Batticaloa and Mullaitivu were chosen to award scholarships. The criteria adopted to identify the 25 students are based on the GCE O/L performance and the financial background of the family. The selected students will receive a monthly financial grant for a period of two years until they complete the GCE AL examination. JASTECA is proud to announce that some of the beneficiaries from extremely low income families have even reached the heights of entering universities. This year’s scholarship awarding ceremony will be held at Kashyapa Maha Vidyalaya – Dimbulagala on 28 July 2013. It is also noteworthy to mention the support displayed every year by alumni and corporate members of JASTECA and various sponsors by donating food items, clothing, books and household articles for the families of these deserving children which is distributed at the awards ceremony attended by the family members of the awardees. Established in 1984, JASTECA has progressed steadily through its 27 years of existence, providing valuable service to the Sri Lankan manufacturing, industrial, service and managerial sectors. The driving force behind JASTECA is Ranjit Jayewardene, President and the Executive Committee. The Madam Kiyoko Ogawa Scholarship Committee is chaired by Tilak De Zoysa, Vice Patron of JASTECA, and the project is spearheaded and coordinated by Mangala Samarajeewa, Assistant Treasurer of JASTECA.