Royal College Past Teachers’ Association held a simple but a well-organized ceremony on the 3rd January 2016 at 10.30am in the dining hall of the hostel of Royal College Colombo to award scholarships to ten students who performed well at the grade five scholarship examination. The students were selected with the guidance of the school authorities from those who excelled at this examination with a family background who needed financial backing to educate their children.
As a social obligation towards the society this scholarship programme was inaugurated in 2013 with six scholarships being offered. This year it has increased up to ten with the generosity of our very own members who contribute financial assistance for the upkeep of these students till they complete their studies in school. About 45 members are continuously contributing towards the success of this project and about nine members are the main sponsors.
The ceremony was attended by the scholarship donors, scholarship holders and their parents, Royal College Hostel Warden Mr. Aruna Silva, and the executive committee members of the RCPTA.
The project coordinator Mrs. Patricia Paranamana had made all the arrangements who was ably supported by Mr. S. Ileperuma who is also a donor. The President of the RCPTA Capt. M.N.Dharmaratne emphasized on the importance of the programme and the service rendered to the society by the RCPTA. Mr. Ranjith Senanayake the outgoing secretary in his speech also explained the objectives of the project.
The newly elected secretary Mrs. Ramya Dharmawardana welcomed those who attended the ceremony. This was followed by the presentations made by the donors to the scholars as gifts for the new school year. Mrs. Jeewa Siriwardana also presented ten parcels comprising of exercise books and stationary to the scholars. A director from the P.G. Martin group of companies donated ten school bags to the ten students.
Two parents of the scholarship holders also spoke on the occasion. They thanked the RCPTA for coming forward to assist them at this hour.
The hostel warden and his wife made all the arrangements to provide delicious refreshments and tea for the occasion.
Mr. K.H.Amaradasa delivered the vote of thanks.