Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited yesterday at a programme awarded scholarships to 3,018 meritorious and underprivileged students, who passed HSC or equivalent exams last year, and are studying at undergraduate level.
The bank organised the event at Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium in the capital’s Mirpur. Law Minister Anisul Huq, chief guest at the event, handed over the scholarships among students.
Anisul termed Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited initiative — of awarding scholarships to economically insolvent and disadvantaged students — outstanding. He congratulated the scholarship awardees and expected that they would dedicate themselves to serving the nation.
“I hope many of you will be able to introduce scholarships for economically insolvent and disadvantaged students in the future,” he told awardees.
Appreciating the scholarship scheme, the minister said such a programme is a unique example of helping meritorious and poor students. He expected that other institutions would come forward with such endeavours.
Sayem Ahmed, chairman of DBBL’s board of directors, and Abul Kashem Md Shirin, the bank’s managing director, also spoke at the ceremony.
Scholarship awardees — Rajshahi University students Ujjal Hossain and Mahmud Hossain; Eden Mohila College student Munmun Akter; Khulna Medical College student Sanjida Jahan; and Jahangirnagar University student Sajib Chowdhury — shared their struggles to continue education, faced with due to financial constraints, and how DBBL stood beside them.
These 3,018 students will receive a Tk 3,000 monthly scholarship, alongside annual stipends of Tk 5,000 for reading materials and Tk 1,000 for clothing expenses.
DBBL has so far awarded the scholarships to a total of 62,752 students since 2001. Of them, 19,524 students are currently continuing their studies through the scholarship.
Some 90 percent of the scholarship holders are from rural areas, while 50 percent are female students, according to the scholarship policy.
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