One of the meanings of the noun ため is “objective” or “purpose”.

Savings for school fees.

Literally: “Savings for the purpose of school fees”.

A plan for the future.

Often the hiragana will be used instead of the kanji.

Our company provides scholarships for foreign students.

We can link it to a verb with に.

Try hard for your family.

ため can be added to the dictionary form of the verb with に to indicate that the preceding clause is “towards the purpose of” the following clause. This structure translates to English as “in order to”.

Cook for yourself to save money.
Call the airport to check whether or not the flight will arrive as scheduled.
I studied like never before in order to get into my first-choice university.
In order to open up a bank account a personal seal is required.

Note the use of the topic particle to make “for the purpose of opening a bank account” the topic of the sentence. Without it the topic of the sentence would default to you and a faithful translation might be.

In order to open up a bank account you will require a personal seal.

When used with the adverbial noun 必要 then ため is often omitted.

In order to open up a bank account a personal seal is required.
Donate money to build a school.
Search for a part-time job for your graduation holiday.

Used with the negative, past, past negative tense or with adjectives it becomes a more formal way of giving a reason for a current state. In this respect, it is close to “due to” in English. Very often the target particle is omitted in this case.

The train was at a standstill for an hour due to an accident.
Due to the high probability of mobile phones being used during class they are collected at the start.
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