FOR KANYANAT Inkham from Nan's Na Noi district, a full scholarship under Nation University and Kasikornbank's bachelor-degree project, could be a lifesaver.
The project was organised to mark HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 60th birthday.
“I used to study at a college in Phrae province, but had to drop out after a year because my family was facing financial problems. If I hadn’t been granted this scholarship, I might have had to go to Bangkok for work,” she said. “I want to become a public health official, so I can improve health services in my community.”
Kanyanat added that she would visit her grandmother – who raised her after her parents split up – once a month while studying at Nation University’s Lampang campus.
Her grandma Thanom Inkham, 74, said she didn’t have the money to cover her granddaughter’s education, so this scholarship was a relief. “I no longer have to worry and wish my granddaughter will become a leader in the future.”
Twin sisters Sirikul and Sirilak Cheumor, both 19, said they were grateful for their scholarship and would study hard to become a force in Nan.
These girls were among the 60 high-schoolers in Nan who were granted scholarships on Friday. Other than having their tuition fully covered during their four years of study in the Lampang campus, they will also get a monthly stipend of Bt3,200 plus accommodation.
Adit Laixuthai, Kasikornbank’s executive vice president for the Corporate Secretariat Division, said the project aimed to provide opportunities to underprivileged youth who were determined to complete their education and use this knowledge to develop their hometowns.
“This is the collaboration between Kasikornbank and Nation Multimedia Group because we share the same ideology and belief that education is the way towards sustainable development,” he added.