Mahapola Scholarship

Mahapola Scholarships are awarded by the Mahapola Trust Fund and the number of scholarships to be awarded in a particular year is determined by the Fund.
Step 1 All successful candidates should send an application form for a Mahapola Scholarship by the UGC.
Step 2 Duly filled application forms along with required documents should be submitted to the UGC through Grama Niladari and the Divisional Secretary of the respective area of residence on or before the closing date specified in the Application form.
Step 3 All the applications are entered to a computerized system and a reference number unique to each applicant is generated for each application.
Step 4 Incomplete applications will be rejected and notified to the applicant in writing.
Step 5 Acknowledgement card informing the receipt of the Mahapola Scholarship application form with a reference number is sent to each candidate.
Step 6 Selections are done by the UGC according to four subject streams (ie. Arts, Commerce, Bio Science and Physical Science) on the basis of,
1. Merit (the top 10% of each subject stream will be selected under this method.)
2. Need (based on the annual income, Z score and the district from where the candidate has been selected for admissions.)
Step 7 The list of selected candidates will be sent by the UGC to the Mahapola Trust Fund and candidates selected for Mahapola Scholarships will be informed by the Trust Fund.
A selected student will be eligible to receive Rs 2500/- per month (*10 installments per year) under this scheme.


Step 1 University at which the student is registered will call for applications for university bursaries.
Step 2 Needy students should make an application to the Student Welfare Branch of the university.
Step 3 The university will select students for bursaries according to criteria approved by the UGC.

All information regarding University Bursaries can be obtained from the university to which the student is attached to.
A selected student maybe eligible to receive an amount between Rs 1500 – Rs 2500 per month (*10 installments per year) under this scheme, depending on the student’s family’s income.

Given below are the University Grants Commission revised criteria for the parental income ceiling applicable in the selection of students eligible for bursaries.


Parental Income Ceiling

Parental annual income should be equal to or less than Rs. 300,000/-

The following concessions to be added to the Income Ceilings specified above.

(a) Rs. 24,000/- concession per annum per school going sister/brother who is 18 years or under, up to a maximum of three children.

(b) Rs. 36,000/- concession per annum per sister/brother following a course in a University but not in receipt of a Mahapola scholarship or a Bursary. The marking scheme prescribed for the annual parental income of students eligible to receive financial assistance:

Annual Parental Income Marks
Rs. 00 to Rs.120, 000 60
Rs.120, 001 to Rs.180, 000 30
Rs.180, 001 to Rs.240, 000 10
Rs.240, 001 to Rs.300, 000 05

Endowed Scholarships

    • Students can apply for Endowed Scholarships when applications are called for such scholarships either by the UGC or respective universities.


    • One such scholarship scheme is presently in the process of being introduced to the students at the FMAS.


    • These scholarships are being organized by the Needy Students’ Welfare Society of the faculty.


    • Each selected student will be awarded Rs 3000/- per month for the 5 years he/she will spend as a medical student.


    • This scheme will be operated as a donor – recipient system where one donor sponsors one student.


    • As and when new donors are found, more and more students shall be included in this scheme.


    • A special feature in this scheme is the introduction of the donors and the students they sponsor to each other as an additional means of emotional and social wellbeing of the students.


    • Students who receive other financial assistance (i.e. Mahapola, Bursary allowances) too are eligible to apply for these scholarships. They, however, will be considered, only if adequate justification is given of their financial needs.


    • However, the students of an academic year is allowed to apply for these scholarships only after the selection of students for Mahapola and Bursary scholarships for that particular year has been completed.

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