Saint Joseph's graduate eyes Fiji scholarship

A National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) Foundation Program student has got his eyes set on securing a scholarship to do an undergraduate degree in Fiji.

Saint Joseph College graduate, Iese Jr Sebastian Iese, told Samoa Observer that he wants to get a scholarship next year to go to Fiji to study as it is closer to his Tuvalu island home.

"I am after the Fiji scholarship since its closer to home, I am half Samoan and half Tuvaluan so if ever I get the scholarship to Fiji this year I would be very happy because for some reason Fiji is near home," he said.

Securing a scholarship to pursue tertiary studies in New Zealand is his second option, if he falls short of meeting the academic requirements to qualify for a scholarship to study in Fiji.

"New Zealand offers a good scholarship but we will see which one I will get, I will work hard to make sure I get what I want," he added.

In order to qualify for a New Zealand scholarship, Iese must attain at least a 75 per cent average by the end of Semester 1 this year in order to enter into preliminary selection.

According to a scholarship-related brochure which was distributed to students, the New Zealand online scholarship application and schemes were established in 2018. 

There are five conditions that come with overseas scholarships, they need to be selected through the New Zealand scholarship assessment process, should be a Samoan citizens, though they also accept a dual citizenship (Samoan/New Zealand citizenship), should be 17 years and above, must sign the a scholarship bond with the Government of Samoa and meet the entry requirements of the N.U.S.

Mr Iese still believes that he will be able to fulfil his dreams if he works hard and prays for it to happen.

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