LAHORE: The Old Ravians and philanthropists have donated Rs15.7 million to the Government College University Lahore Endowment Fund Trust (GCU-EFT) for the scholarships of the university’s financially-challenged students.
The announcement was made on the Annual Scholarship Distribution and Fundraising Dinner 2017 on Saturday. Eminent nuclear scientist Dr Samar Mubarikmand was the chief guest at the ceremony where donors were invited to personally meet the students who would be benefitting from their donations.
Speaking on the occasion, GCU EFT Executive Committee Secretary Dr Khalid Maznoor Butt said this year, the trust awarded scholarships worth Rs12.29 million to the university’s 447 students including 41 golden scholarships which covered the university fee and hostel expenses of students. He said the trust had awarded Rs58.6 million scholarships to 1,746 students since 2009.
He said the scholarships have been awarded purely on merit basis after interviews of candidates by the GCU Financial Aid Committee which comprised of five heads of departments. He said all documents of applicants from income certificates to utility bills were examined in detail, so that only deserving students shall get the scholarships.
Addressing on the occasion, GCU EFT Executive Committee President Iqbal Z Ahmed said the fund had swelled to Rs340 million, and their target was raised it to Rs1 billion by 2020, so that all the needy students get scholarships.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 11th, 2017.