To encourage the schooling of Grameen children, Grameen Bank introduced a scholarship program in 1999, so that, children from poor families stay in school, and complete both academic and extracurricular activities. Priority is given to girls. Each year scholarships are given in five categories. The categories are Primary, Junior Secondary, Secondary School Certificate (SSC), Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and Cultural. 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. Around 27,000 scholarships are awarded each year and the awardees receive monetary support for one year.
Higher Education Scholarship
New Window of Opportunity at the International level
In addition to scholarships arranged for the education of children of GB members for study at different levels in the educational institutions at home, GB has opened a new window of opportunities for the children of the Grameen family to pursue higher education, with full scholarships, in the following prestigious universities at home and abroad.
1) Asian University for Women, Chattogram Scholarships
Asian University for Women is an ultra-modern international standard residential university to prepare the women of different Asian countries to assume leadership in society in an international environment. The university has responded positively to the request of GB to award 25 full scholarships every year to the children of GB members for study at the undergraduate level in different disciplines.
2) Khazana Asia Foundation, Malaysia
Khazana Asia Foundation is a well-known organization for education in Malaysia. Since 2009 this organization is offering 5 scholarships each year for Grameen Bank members’ children for undergraduate and master's courses at Malaysia and Australia’s different universities with full scholarships. 26 students have received the scholarships so far.
3) Ewha Women’s University, South Korea
Ewha Women’s University is a famous and prestigious university for women in South Korea. Two Grameen Bank’s member's daughters have received a full scholarship at this university for Masters’s Course.
4) Glaxo Caledonian University, UK
Each year this university offers two full scholarships for higher studies in Nursing and Midwifery courses. Till now 8 students have received this scholarship.