In order to facilitate better educational opportunities for the children of Grameen members, Grameen Bank launched a scholarship programme for talented students, in 1999.
To encourage schooling of Grameen children, Grameen Bank introduced scholarship programme, so that, children from the poor families stay in school, and complete in both academic and extracurricular activities. Priority is given to girls. In Bangladesh education for girls is generally considered not as important as for boys. Even today, the general attitude of the society is such that women are supposed to take back seats and confine themselves in the role of a housewife after marriage.
At least 50% of the scholarship money must go to girls and the remaining 50% will be given to both boys & girls based on overall performance.
Scholarships are given annually. Up to December, 2009 scholarships to the extent of BDT 175.69 million (USD 2.54 million) were offered to 118,887 students.
Kamrun Nahar Linda
The Profile of a GB’s Meritorious Scholarship Holder Kamrun Nahar Linda, a GB scholarship holder, has made everyone— her parents and the Grameen fraternity--very proud for her outstanding academic feats. She secured GPA 5+ in all the subjects to achieve what is popularly known as Golden A, in the SSC and HSC examinations held in 2007 and 2009 respectively from the Commerce group.
She is the third child of the four children of a small grocer, Mohammad Lutfor Rahman, and Majera khatun, a house wife and an honorable member of Center No.55 of GB Alampur branch of Kushtia under Jhenaidah Zone.
Linda’s parents, Majera khatun and Lutfor Rahman, are literally over the moon for the spectacular success of their daughter. The success, however, came the hard way. The small grocer, the father of Linda, had been struggling to meet the expenses of their four children with the small income from the grocery business. At this stage her mother borrowed a sum of BDT 5000 from Grameen Bank and started to make handcrafted items at home with the helping hands from her daughters. The additional income too was found inadequate to defray the educational expenses of the children. At this juncture, GB scholarship came as a great relief for Linda to pursue her dream of reaching her goal of taking up a noble profession of a teacher. She has, in the meantime, got an opportunity to enroll in the Dhaka University in the Management Studies.
We in the Grameen Bank offer our heartiest congratulation to Linda and wish her a prosperous career in future.
Higher Education for Children GB Members
New Window of Opportunity at International level
In addition to scholarships arranged for education of children of GB members for study at different levels in the educational institutions at home, GB has opened new window of opportunities for the children of Grameen family to pursue higher education, with full scholarships, in the following prestigious universities at home and abroad.
Ewha Women University, Seoul, Korea
During the visit of Dr Muhammad to Korea in 2006 to receive the Seoul Peace Prize, he delivered a special lecture on the invitation of Ewha Women University. As a gesture of goodwill to GB and mark of respect for Dr.Yunus, the University announced award of two scholarships for a two year course in Master of Social Welfare course for the daughters of GB members. Children of Grameen Bank members having a Graduate/post graduate degree with honours and fluency in English are eligible for these scholarships. Two faculty members of the university headed by a Dean selected the following girls after interviewing the prospective candidates for the course commencing in 2007:
1. Razia Sultana, Daughter of Ms Sufia Begum, a member of Rangpur Branch, Dumuria under the Khulna Zone.
2. Tapashi Banerjee, Daughter of Ms Jharna Banerjee, a member of Champaphul Branch, Kaligonj under the Khulna Zone. These two students who proceeded to Korea in 2007 returned to Bangladesh after successfully completing their courses in the respective universities in Seol.
Khazanah Asia Scholarship Programme
Dr. Yunus visited Malaysia in 2007 on the invitation of Khazanah Foundation. Following discussion between Dr Yunus and Managing Director of the Foundation, Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar the Foundation decided to award scholarships for the children of GB members.
Khazanah Foundation, Malaysia awards 87 scholarships every year in 4 categories for students from all parts of the world. A new scholarship programme known as ‘The Khazanah Asia Scholarship’ has been instituted to award 25 scholarships to students of Asia for 3 to 4 year course in different categories at the graduate/ undergraduate level with the object of creating leadership in the field of industry and commerce.. The Foundation has decided to award 5 scholarships every year under this programme, beginning from 2009, for the children of GB members.
The following students were selected from Bangladesh under the programme for undergraduate courses for 2009 session.
|Sl.No. Name of
||Name of Student
||Name of the member
||Name of GB branch/Zone
||Subject of Study
||Engineering International Islamic University, Malaysia
||Ms Ayesha Khatun
||Ms Delwara Begum
||Accounting & Finance
||Mohd Aslam Mia
||Ms. Jharna Begum
||Kazi Selim Sarwar
||Kalupara, Badargonj, Rangpur
||Multimedia University, Malaysia
||Ms Sabiha Akhter
||Munni Ms Sufia Jasmin
||Electrical and Electronic Engg
||Tenaga National University, Malaysia
Asian University for Women, Chittagong Scholarships
Asian University for Women is an ultramodern international standard residential university with a goal of preparing the women of different Asian countries to assume leadership in the society in an international environment. The university has responded positively to the request of Professor, Mohammad Yunus to award 25 full scholarships to the children of GB members for study at the undergraduate level in different disciplines.
Nine children of GB members are studying in the university from 2008-10 session with full scholarships. Applications of 44 students have been sent to the University for Selection for admission in the 2010-11 session. An amount of about BDT 700,000 (about USD 1000) is spent per year per student on tuition, board, meals etc.