Mangaluru: Rs 5 lakh worth of free scholarship was distributed to 28 deserving brilliant students of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada district students irrespective of religion.
Abu Dhabi’s premier cultural and social organisation Konkani Cultural Organization (KCO) through its KCO Trust, Mangaluru disbursed annual educational scholarships to 28 students identified by Samanvaya Mangaluru. The event was held at Bajpe Church Hall on September 26 evening and attended by KCO office-bearers and students.
The trust has distributed Rs. 1.28 crore worth of scholarships to 460 students in the past 18 years. KCO started in the year 1995 has completed 25 years of service to the community and society through its various welfare programmes reaching the needy and deserving people in society. KCO is also known for recognising talents and giving them a bigger stage at their annual event in Abu Dhabi.
The programme began with a prayer by students and a welcome address by KCO Vice President and Trust Advisor CA Valerian Dalmaida.
Rev. Dr. Pius Fidelis Pinto, Trustee of Samanvaya Mangalore along with KCO President Leo Rodrigues, CA Valerian Dalmaida, and Michael D’Silva both the Ex President’s of KCO were present.
In his message, Fr. Pius Fidelis Pinto said that “Human is a social being. An ocean doesn’t need an island but an island needs an ocean to get its identity. In a similar way, human beings cannot be like an island thinking about one’s own good but has to come out of their comfort zone and reach out to people in need. KCO and its stakeholders are doing it with passion. Take the advantage of this and become good citizens of the nation”.
In his presidential address, KCO president Leo Rodrigues said that “The scholarships disbursed today are hard-earned efforts of donors. Students should make use of it to grow to a level where they can support other needy students in the future, and that’s when the purpose of this scholarship is served. Study well and make your dreams come true and bring a smile to the face of your parents, he added.
Further, he said that, like education, health is a key area where KCO is focusing on and is doing its best to support people in need of the best healthcare. Our efforts in both these areas will continue in the coming days too”.
Samanvaya Director Rev. Dr. Ronald Cutinha conducted the programme. KCO members Gerald D’Mello, Melville Pinto, Franklin D’Cunha, former members Robert Rego and Canute J. Pinto were present.