- Collegiate Scholarships were given to eligible Matriculates.
- In 1947, Sayagyi U Ba Than (Mechanical) won the Collegiate Scholarship.
- The eligibility rules vary over the years.
- In the early days, the scholarship holders get 60 Kyats a month.
- In our days, the scholarship holders get 75 Kyats per month, but the net was still 60 Kyats (since the tuition fees was 15 Kyats per month).
- In the early 50’s, the top 25 students were awarded Collegiate Scholarship.
- In the later years (e.g. 1960), the top 100 students were awarded Collegiate Scholarship.
In 1960, Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint (who stood 6th in Burma) led the scholarship holders from SPHS.
Dr. Than Toe (who stood 99th) was the last Scholarship holder from SPHS.
- In 1963, students from private schools (e.g. SPHS) have to be in the top 40.
Students from government schools have to be in the top 100.
In 1963, Dr. Khin Maung U (who stood 1st in Burma) led the scholarship holders from SPHS. Dr. Min Oo (2nd), Dr. Myo San (Freddie, 3rd, GBNF), Dr. Nyunt Wai (Victor, 4th), Dr. Thein Wai (5th), U Hla Min (7th), Dr. Aung Kyaw Zaw (Johnny, 9th), U Maung Maung Kyi (11th), U Aung Thu Yein (Brownie, 13th, GBNF) and Dr. Khin Maung Zaw (Frank, 17th) also won the Scholarship.
SPHS had five students in the Top Five, seven students in the Top Ten, and ten students in the Top Twenty.
- It took a year (or so) to complete the Nationalization of private schools and function them as SHS (State High School).
Then, a specified number of top students receive Collegiate Scholarship.
- In the 50’s, State Scholars were selected to study undergraduate and graduate studies abroad.
The funding was provided by the Burmese government.
- Later, some State Scholars received grants from UN organizations, Colombo Plan and others (e.g. Fulbright, Humphrey).
Dr. Yan Naing Lwin wrote :
The Burmese State Scholars numbered some 140 in early 1950 in the US alone. I came to US with 10 other Scholars in 1954-55. Our stipend was US $ 140/ per month.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor had the longest # of Burmese Scholars when I arrived at Illinois. It shifted to Illinois & Purdue University in later years.
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