:: Thawan - SCB Fund::
One of the important problems on studying arts for students whose families have little income is the expense on studying tools. Sometime this problem limits many young people who love arts not to be able to fully express their ability in creating arts. Some people even can’t finish their study because their families can’t effort the expense anymore.
“Thawan – SCB Fund” was established in 1998 by the desire of Dr.Thawan Duchanee, the national artist in visual arts(paintings) in 2001, and the Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited. The Siam Commercial Foundation put it into action. Thus, the fund was established in order to give the scholarships to students, and college students in arts, who have good behaviour and excellent study, yet don’t have enough money, in order to let them continue their study.
The giving fund event of “Thawan – SCB Fund” of the year 2009 was held on 11 November 2009, which is the consecutive 11th year, at Siam Commercial Room1, The Siam Commercial Bank, head office, Bangkok . Dr.Thawan presided over the ceremony of giving scholarships to college students in the Faculties of Fine Arts, Silpakorn University, college students in the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University and college students in Poh Chang College, University of Technology Rachamongkon Rattanakosin. There were18 scholarships in total.
Mr. Attaset Sanjan, a college student in the fifth year at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Silpakorn University, who has been receiving the scholarships from Thawan – SCB Fund for 5 consecutive years, says about his background that he lived in Chiang Rai with a sick mom who couldn’t work. So, his family is rather poor. That’s why when he came to study at Bangkok, which had high cost of living, he had to work to support his study and to send the money back to his mom at home.
“Normally I receive part-time work from my senior in order to gain money enough to afford necessary art materials, which sometime cost as high as 6-7 thousands baht, and even more than 10 thousands baht. The benefit of working for my senior is that I can gain money, yet I have to frequently skip my classes. In the last term, I got an F because, my professor said, I skipped too many classes.” he says. Receiving the scholarships from Thawan Duchanee – SCB Fund makes him proud. This is because he has admired and respected Dr. Thawan for a long time. Also, it helps lessen his financial stress; thus, he can concentrate more on his study.
As for Miss Kamonchanok Preukngern, a college student in the first year at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University, says that she, her mom, her older brother, and her younger sister live in Bangplad, Bangkok. Mom has been the breadwinner of the family since she was 9 years old; she prepares and sells Thai food (Kao Kang) to gain money for her children’s education. Everyday she gets up at 4 in the morning to go shopping for ingredients at fresh market, helps her mom arranging the shop, and sells food before going to school. She has been doing this since she was in secondary school. However, when she just attended university, the expense increased and the earnings from selling was not stable, so she became worried and tried to lessen her mom’s burden at her best.
“Though my mom was happy that I could get in one of the most famous universities, which has good and broad society, I could not help myself feeling so sorry for her. So, I told her I would not further my study and would work for her instead. Still, my mom insisted that she wanted me to study even though it was a very heavy burden because she had to respond of all the expense in our home”, she says. When she knew that she received the scholarship, she was very happy. She would use this scholarship to pay her tuition fee and she promised that she would do at her best
As for the progression of Thawan – SCB Fund next year, Mrs. Piyaporn Mantajitr, Manager of The Siam Commercial Foundation says that they have already discussed with Dr. Thawan to progress the projects about promoting and preserving Thai culture. They will coordinate with the universities in order to grant scholarships and to college students so that they can use their knowledge and artistic skills to do activities that benefit the community such as using arts to strengthen the tighten the spirit of people living in slum area, healing the heart of people who were affected by natur?al disaster. In this way, college students can gain experience from the community and use it to improve their own artistic abilities, which can finally lead to volunteer spirit.”
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