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“Beings are owners of their actions, heirs of their actions; they originate from their actions, are bound to their actions, have their actions as their refuge. It is action that distinguishes beings as inferior and superior.”
~ The Buddha
MN 135



December 2017 Sri Henepola Gunaratana Scholarship Announcement

December 2017


The following are minutes of the meeting on Saturday 9th December 2017.


Ms. Lakshmi De Zoysa, Mrs. Mallika Samaranayake, Dr. Percy Gunathilake, Dr. Asoka Kasturiarachchi and Asitha Wijesekera were present as trustees and Mrs.Surangi Darmasekera (SHGTF) and Mr Lakmal (Mallika’s Office) were present as assistants for this meeting

The following matters were taken up for discussion and were resolved.

1. A detailed study of the available funds and the monthly revenue in terms of interest accrued out of fixed deposits was made and found that a further 50 scholarships could be awarded to students from the two new villages in Sellakatharagama. Therefore the total number of scholarship recipients as at present would stand as follows.
                    A) Henepola         34
                    B) Akkara Wissa.    27
                    C) Galahitiyagama   22

This would add up to 83 Students.

2. There will be a visit made by Mallika, Lakshmi and myself on 12th December to make a presentation on the selection criteria to the villagers and hand over applications and address the children and families of scholarship recipients. They will thereafter complete applications and post it back to the trust before the end of the year.

A final presentation of scholarships will take place on Saturday 27th January 2018 in the presence of the District Secretary, School Principal and the two chief incumbents of the village temples. The prospect of handing over school gear, shoes etc to the children at the same time, needs to be discussed and resolved prior to this date.

3. The budgetary requirements to continue awarding scholarships during the year 2018 was discussed and was found to be in order. The introduction of spoken English for a chosen grade was also discussed and was decided that this would be discussed with the school principal.
The current scholarship rates will remain as follows. Grade 1 to 9 - Rs 1500/ per month , Grades 10 & 11 - Rs 2000/ per month , Grades 12 &13 - Rs. 2500/per month and Undergraduate studies Rs 2500/per month.

4. The current situation at Henepola was discussed and it was decided that we evaluate the progress of the recipients through their year end School reports which they have to send by the 15th of January 2018.  This requirement will be sent to them with their final check for this year shortly.

5. All current outstanding dues from the trust was settled and checks issued at this meeting

6. The Trust decided to speak to the Bank and see if we could negotiate current interest rates to enhance returns. It was also decide to transfer Rs 2 million from the savings account to a fixed term investment. That would bring the total investments to Rs 24 Million.

7. Under any other business, it was decided to appoint a working committee to the Trust comprising of a person from the Institute of Personnel Management ( introduced by Lakshmi) and a person from the Department of Census and Statistics ( introduced by Mallika)  and Surangi ( from SHGST) to evaluate the progress made by scholarship recipients and the overall contribution made by the trust to the respective villages. The scope of work and terms of reference for this committee is to be decided at the next SHGST Meeting in January/February 2018.

Updated: Dec 19, 2017

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