Banking
Scholarship Programme for member’s Children Print
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I n order to facilitate better educational opportunities for the children of Grameen members, Grameen Bank launched a scholarship program 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 compete 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 oday, 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.
 
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SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME: 1999-2004
  NUMBERS TOTAL
CATAGORIES GIRLS BOYES  
Primary 2,967 1,469 4,436
Junior Secondary 1,962 965 2,927
Secondary 2,825 2,699 5,524
Higher Secondary 643 695 1,338
Cultural 235 90 325
Total 8,632 5,918 14,550
 
At least 50% of the scholarship money must go to girls and the remaining 50% will be given to both boys and girls based on overall performance.
 
Scholarships are given annually. Up to December, 2004 Taka 12.30 million (US$ 0.22 million) was distributed among 14,550 students.
 
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