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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2614

Sri Lanka Born Professor in USA setup Scholarships to help Sri Lankan youth

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 20 February, (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lankan-born professor, who served as an American diplomat Dr. Patrick Mendis under Secretaries Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright, has decided to help Sri Lanka youth through some creative fundraising to establish scholarships. He established two "Leader-2-Leader" scholarships and a "Peace Prize."

The Tsunami Leaders Caring "TLC" Foundation, which he set up at the
Maryland-based Calvert Foundation, provides the financial assistance to a number of tsunami projects in Sri Lanka.

Professor Mendis lives in the Washington DC area, USA.

Dr. Mendis has already assisted many students in Sri Lanka with his endowed scholarship fund at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. The University has been awarding scholarships since 1993. Each year, two students receive the Dr. Patrick Mendis Awards for Leadership and Management Studies.

After the tsunami tragedy, Dr. Mendis raised funds through activities and the sales of his book, "Globalization: The Human Side of Globalization as If the Washington Consensus Mattered".

The book of essays is original analyzes and first-hand observations of
global forces operating in the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

The book was formulated in part while a professor aboard the University of Pittsburgh's Semester at Sea Program in 2004. While the first version of the book, "Freedom on the March: An American Voyage to Explore Globalization, “dealt with the issues at the time of the voyage, the second expanded edition more critically explores the influence of U.S. foreign policies and American values that has affected these countries where freedom prevails.

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