OverviewWe at Thabyay Education Network would like to extend our deep gratitude to everyone (172 of you) who has helped us to raise US$29,929 for the University Scholarships for Students from Burma project since the 1st September 2010. Thanks to your generosity, 19 change makers from Burma have been able to start, or continue, their university education in Asia.In our previous report, dated 3rd December 2010, we allocated US$22,051 in scholarship awards to 15 individuals, leaving US$10 remaining from funds received by that date. Since then, we have received a further US$5,340. Therefore, the funds available for disbursement since 3rd December 2010 total US$5,350.Selection and awardsThe Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made six further awards totaling US$5,268. Four of these awards were to new applicants, while two applicants who had previously applied for top-up grants received a second grant to cover their needs.The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore enabled 19 Burmese students to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia. The recipients of these 19 awards comprise 11 women and eight men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 31), representing nine ethnic groups, studying 16 different majors at 10 different universities in five countries across Asia.
For detailed information on the new awards, and profiles of each award recipient, please read the attached report document.
Future PlansAs of 7th March 2011, remaining funds from the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project total approximately US$82. On receipt of the next tranche of funds from GlobalGiving, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee will meet again to decide on the next round of awards.Closing StatementWe hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma.We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$10 through GlobalGiving can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future.The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you. If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.
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