It’s that time of the year again. After the Festive Season, it’s time to prepare for back to school for many parents and families.
And to make the load lighter, Samoa Stationery and Books last week awarded twenty students with scholarships as part of their Back To School promotion.
Owner of S.S.A.B and Managing Director, Fiti Leung Wai, started the scholarship awards in 2015 when she was selected as the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Fellow. It has been four years since and she is still giving away 20 scholarships annually.
Mrs. Leung Wai said her desire is to help people of Samoa fulfill their God-given potential in education.
Mrs. Leung Wai shared with the students her celebrity experience when she travelled to New Zealand to receive the N.Z. Prime Minister’s Fellowship award.
“Being the recipient of such a prestigious award enabled me to travel to New Zealand in early 2015 where I met Afioga Toosavili John Key and many other high profile people.
“Everything was paid for by the NZ Government, my airfare, accommodation and transportation within N.Z.
“A liaison officer was assigned to me and I was given my own personal chauffeur who drove me around in a very nice Government vehicle. I also stayed at the best hotels in N.Z. I also got to choose who I wanted to meet.
“In fact, it was at one of my meetings that got me thinking about establishing Sei Oriana S.S.A.B. gift shop in Auckland. My Sei Oriana shop in N.Z. supports our Samoan people here because it sells handcrafts and other items that are made here in Samoa.
“I must say that receiving the N.Z. Prime Minister Fellow’s award was a real blessing as it has inspired more to be a blessing to others,” she said.
Upon her return from that trip of a lifetime, Mrs Leung Wai then established the said scholarship, in 2015, where two scholarships were given out.
The next year it increased from two to 20.
She congratulated all the students who were selected for this year as S.S.A.B. scholars.
The recipients, received $500 cash; $500 worth of School Stationery from S.S.A.B; full access to S.S.A.B. Staff children’s library’s on Saturday and for Senior Scholars, they are also entitled as members of S.S.A.B. apprenticeship programme.
Marketing Manager Anastasia Alosio Stanley and Sales Manager Dora Tuiletufuga-Malele also announced their Meka Scholarship Opportunities and their Meka Warwick discounts, such as spending $50 gains entrance into a draw that wins 15 Meka prizes.
There are also Meka Acco and Pelican discounts where if you spend $30 on these products you gain entrance to win one of the four Meka NextBooks. Here are some photos from the ceremony.