Chevron Bangladesh has awarded scholarships to 849 students from 23 educational institutions situated near its Bibiyana, Jalalabad and Moulavi Bazar gas fields. About 64% of the scholarship recipients are female.
The scholarship has been given as part of Chevron's as part of its ongoing annual scholarship programme for financially disadvantaged, meritorious students, reads a press release on Monday.
Chevron's total scholarships included 66 scholarships for students who achieved excellent grades in the 2020 Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exams, it added.
The average pass rate of Chevron's scholarship recipients in the 2020 SSC exams was 99%, compared to the national and Sylhet division averages of 82% and 80% respectively.
Chevron started the scholarship programme with only a small handful of educational institutions nearly two decades ago, under the Quality Education Support Initiative. Aside from helping students' overall academic performance, this initiative also aims to improve the learning environment of schools near its three gas fields. In addition to scholarships, support is provided in the form of additional teaching, computer labs, coaching support and endowment fund for selected schools, school uniforms, sports equipment, furniture, infrastructure, sanitation facilities and potable water.