Were you one of those three hundred thousand students, who pursued their goal with the help of a Mahapola scholarship?
Are you aware of the financial provider, who makes every effort to lend a hand to the students of the country, extending Mahapola Scholarship, which once brought you under its shelter?
Most probably, you have no idea.
It is human nature to forget easily the giant trees, which gives us cover from the burning sun in the summer. In the same way many, who followed their education receiving the “Mahapola scholarship” may have no idea of the real body, which renders a tremendous service behind the scenes for the benefit of the sons and daughters of the country.
The Development Lotteries Board, which provided its contribution to offer scholarships to more than 306,637 students from 1983 up to 2019, is still on the same humble mission of the year whilst being the hope of our compatriots.
Establishment of Mahapola Scholarship Fund
The late Lalith Athulathmudali was the founder of this precious treasure, established to assist youth, following their higher education, who look to the future amidst various economic hardships.
As the Minister of Trade and Shipping, Athulathmudali introduced the Mahapola concept in 1980, and the fund was raised with the help of the Mahapola exhibition – a great attraction of the time – and the Mahapola lottery. At the commencement of the fund, the income was utilised to enhance schools in rural areas and, with the time, Athulathmudali considered investing the funds at national level, for the benefit of the whole country. With a view to achieving this goal, he made arrangements to establish sa cholarship scheme to help students, who follow their education at higher educational institution, including universities, amidst financial hardships.
As a result of the concept of this man of the people, ever dedicated to the improvement of the country, the Mahapola Scholarship Fund was established, its legal base was assured by means of the Mahapola Higher Education Scholarships Trust Fund Act No 66 of 1981, which underwrote the administration of the whole process.
The financial base had been built so far by holding trade exhibitions and fairs and also by the sale of Mahapola Lotteries, but was further strengthened by the establishment of the Development Lotteries Board in 1983, with an investment of LKR 22 million by the President’s Fund and the Mahapola Trust Fund. With this change, the stability of the process was assured.
Working on the foundation made by the Presidents Fund and the Mahapola Fund, the Development Lotteries Board remits its dividends directly to the President’s Fund, fulfilling statutory requirements. Thereafter, 50% of the income is sent to the Mahapola Trust Fund through the President’s Fund.
Accordingly, the Development Lotteries Board has remitted LKR 25,880 million to the President’s Fund during the period 1983 to 2019.
The Development Lotteries Board is the only Government Institution which makes financial contribution to the Mahapola Scholarships Fund.
Beneficiaries of Mahapola Scholarship
The Mahapola Scholarship always brings to mind the undergraduates of our country. Many people think that the Mahapola scholarship is offered only to those who follow their higher education at Universities.
However, today the Mahapola scholarship is awarded not only to undergraduates of our universities but also to thousands studying at other higher educational institutions under the Ministry of Higher Education.
Accordingly Development Lotteries Board lends a helping hand to those following their education at higher educational institutes such as the University of Colombo, Computer School of the University of Colombo, Sripalee Campus, University of Peradeniya, University of Kelaniya, University of Sri Jayawardana Pura, University of Moratuwa, University of Jaffna, Vavuniya Faculty, University of Ruhuna, Eastern University, Trincomalee Faculty, South Eastern University, Rajarata University, Sabaragamuwa University, Wayamba University, Institute of Indigenous Medicine, Gampaha Wickramarachchi Ayurveda Institute, Uva Wellassa University, and the Swami Vipulananda Instutute of Aesthetic Studies.
Other institutes to which Mahapola Scholarships are awarded
• Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka
• Bhikkhu University of Sri Lanka
• Law College
• Technological Institutes (NDT)
• National Institute of Social Development
• Open University of Sri Lanka
• Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technological Education
The Development Lotteries Board is the body which provides financial support to you, who have completed higher education, as well as all the other sons and daughters of the country, who follow their education at the above institutes.
Education is the only path that we have to see the light of dawn amidst various barriers, difficulties and challenges. Therefore, the Development Lotteries Boards, without any hesitation, invests the money of the people, who indirectly contribute to this social care programme by buying their ticket, in the Mahapola Scholarships Fund, extending its blessing to the younger generation of the country.
Today you, who have completed higher education with the support of Mahapola Scholarship, may be a person with a success story. You may be a significant figure on the ladder of any profession. You never have seen a simple person who peddles lotteries. You may have no experience of buying a lottery ticket during the past period. However, you cannot forget the roots of your success.
You can never forget the fact that, once, you held a Mahaploa scholarship. Students by the thousands are following their higher education under the shelter of the Mahapola Scholarship. It is the truth, that no one can deny. The Mahapola Scholarship will further lend its hand for the benefit of the future generations of our country.
Today you, who saw the dawn yesterday with the help of Mahapola Scholarship, may have enough funds to manage the education of your children. But we need to protect Mahapola Scholarships for the benefit of the sons and daughters of under-privileged families who are dreaming of fulfilling their children’s necessities, under bitter conditions.
Therefore, you can make your contribution now to enhance the scholarship fund, which was created by a humble man of people called Lalith Athulathmudali. The few coins you spend to buy a Development Lottery Board’s lottery will open a new path to a flourishing, bright future for the country.
Mahapola Trust Fund is the helping hand of the sons and daughters of the country yesterday, today and tomorrow. It will provide a guarantee for the education of the country. Therefore, the buyer of a lottery ticket will be the indirect provider, whilst the Development Lotteries Board makes its utmost contribution for this valuable social care programme.
When you open your pocket to buy a lottery ticket, DLB will have the opportunity to strengthen the Mahapola Trust Fund for the future of the country. In return the Mahapola Trust Fund will have enough funds to increase its contribution to the enhancement of children following their higher education.
This is the true story of Mahapola Scholarship.
Now it is high time for you to perform your duty to the country.