360 Naga students’ receive scholarship from KET-UK

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Kohima, April 6: Altogether 360 Naga students from standard VIII to XII, including 29 descendents of World War-II veterans received a one-time Kohima Educational Trust (KET-UK) Scholarship awards.
The awards ranging from Rs 9000 and above were given away by the KET in the presence of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KET, Sylvia May at The Heritage here Saturday.
The Trust was constituted in collaboration with the Kohima Educational Society (KES), a charity organisation established by concerned Naga elders.
Chairman of KES chairman, Dr P Ngully in his welcome address said the primary purpose of the trust was to provide educational assistance to the young people of Nagaland in order to repay the debt of honour owed for the unstinted help rendered by the Nagas to the 2nd Division and other British Army units during WW-II fought in Kohima.
Ngully said support for the Trust comes from the group of war veterans of the contemporary 2nd Division, and from individuals and organizations while it was formed with the objective to render assistance in the education of succeeding generations of Naga children.
The total amount touches around Rs 35 lakh, said the manager of KET Asalie Solo, adding that the scholarship amount is Rs 9000 but those coming from beyond Kohima are also given the travelling fare.
Of the total 360, 135 are new entrants while 225 have been receiving the award in the past too. The scholarships were awarded to 29 descendents of war veterans, while 125 are students of class 8, 85 from class 9, 53 of class 10, 40 of class 11 and 28 of class 12.
Meanwhile, addressing the gathering, KET CEO May, daughter of War veteran Lt. (Late) Gordon Graham, said “KET/KES was set up to help young Nagas with their education. Assisting in some way with school fees, or books, or uniforms, or entrance fees or any other cost associated with getting an education”.
A recipient of the scholarship, Tomugha Awomi said “we cannot express how thankful and grateful we are for the blessings you have bestowed upon us”.
It has given us encouragement and the motivation to put better efforts towards shaping our future, enabling us to stand on our own two feet, he said.
To fellow scholars, he said it’s not because of something that we have done but something that our forefathers did, long before even we were born that we are receiving the scholarship. “They sowed the seed by their actions and we are enjoying the fruits of their toil,” he said.
“We must always understand and remember that we on our part must also do our best for the future generations, just as we have received this help I hope that we on our part do what we can and not let it go to vain”, Awomi appealed.
(Page News Service)