Gulf Energy Development Plc is continuing its "Powering the Dreams" scholarship project for the fifth consecutive year, providing 89 need-based scholarships worth 5 million baht to young patients from low-income families needing medical care at Princess Sirindhorn Craniofacial Center, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital and the Thai Red Cross Society.
Tanon Tantisunthorn, head of infrastructure and utilities at Gulf, said the company and the centre were continuing to collaborate.
"It began with modest initiatives, such as providing support for the centre's operations and deploying Gulf staff to participate in a mobile clinic activity. These initial steps gave us first-hand opportunities to recognise their socio-economic challenges. Understanding these needs, we developed the 'Powering the Dreams' scholarship programme to enhance patients' access to education, paving a path for their aspirations," he said.
The goal is ensuring underprivileged youth are prepared both physically and emotionally to thrive in society with confidence, said Mr Tanon.
"At Gulf, we recognise that education can have a significant impact on their perspective and identity, being a potent tool to navigate the challenges in their lives," he said.
"As the centre conducts thorough evaluations of each patient's aptitude and potential, we are confident our scholarships are allocated to those who will benefit the most."
Prof Emeritus Dr Charan Mahatumarat, head of the centre, said it has served more than 3,000 patients with craniofacial anomalies over the past 36 years.
"We found the majority of our patients are from low-income families residing in other provinces. The centre provides free consultations, surgeries and assistance to these patients, helping them lead a quality life in society. The scholarship from Gulf plays a significant role in improving their quality of life," he said.
"We would like to express our gratitude to Gulf and all parties who contributed to the success of this project."
Assoc Prof Dr Chanchai Sittipunt, director of King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, said: "On behalf of the hospital and the Thai Red Cross Society, we deeply appreciate Gulf for recognising the importance of supporting the aspirations of individuals with craniofacial abnormalities and for backing such a noble project. Gulf has continually supported the hospital in various areas."
Nattanon Pramoonsri, a scholarship recipient, noted: "I am currently studying at Suphanburi School of Dramatic Arts because of my passion for playing musical instruments, especially the two-faced drum, which can be performed in group settings with friends. I dream of becoming a music teacher one day. Receiving a four-year Gulf scholarship boosted my confidence and strengthened my belief that if I continue learning and working hard at my skills, I can achieve my goals."