The Rotary Club of Apia, with the mission “making a difference”, is walking the talk through lending a helping hand to improve the education of Samoan youth through offering scholarships to tertiary students who are most in need of financial assistance.
The year 10 scholarships worth $1,000 each were awarded to National University of Samoa (N.U.S.), for U.S.P. nine scholarships of $1,000 each and three of $500 each were awarded.
Don Bosco technical school received 12 scholarships.
Rotary President, Louise Main said the scholarships were awarded to students through a rigorous selection process in conjunction with university management, and awarded to students based on continuing good academic performance but facing financial hardships.
“It is our wish for all the scholarship students to succeed in their studies, and the Rotary assistance is to help those most in need to aw chieve their academic goals for a secure future,” said Ms. Main. At their weekly luncheon meeting on Tuesday, held at Tanoa Tusitala, students from N.U.S. and U.S.P. were on hand to meet with the Rotarians to acknowledge their gratitude through awarded scholarships.
Part of the scholarship package included donated laptops. The laptops were earmarked for N.U.S. and U.S.P. scholarships.
The education sector is a large part of the community development assistance by the Rotary Club. Besides the scholarships Rotary have in the past and continuing to the present coordinate donation of educational books to schools in both Upolu and Savai’i.
Also on-hand to acknowledge Rotary assistance is Tasman Milo who is the recipient of the R.O.T.A. Pacific Study Tour.
Mr. Milo will be heading off to New Zealand on a two-week study tour and familiarisation of the work of Rotary in helping make a difference in the lives of communities.
Rotary Club of Apia is part of Rotary International under District 9920. Overseas Rotary Clubs have donated much to help development of Samoan communities.
The donated laptops linked to the scholarship wards were from Rotary Clubs of Ashburton and Riccarton.