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11 Get Scholarship From Ratu Mara Trust Fund

“We hope that we do get more funds because we know the need is so great out there, we will try and give more scholarships every year going forward."
14 Mar 2021 11:00
11 Get Scholarship From Ratu Mara Trust Fund
Sitting front from left-Lau Provincial Council Chairman, Viliame Gucake, Yatulau Company Pte. Limited board Chairperson Adi Koila Mara Nailatikau, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara Education Trust fund Chairperson, Esther Williams and Trust fund trustee, Illisoni Taoba with eleven scholarship recipients at Studio 6 on March 13, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara Education Trust Fund Management Board is hoping to get more funds to be able to offer more scholarships in years to come.

Yesterday was the first time they handed out scholarships for tertiary level studies to 11 recipients.

These scholarships were only offered to students from the Lau Province.

Management Board Chair, Esther Batiri Williams, said the number of applications they received was encouraging.

“We hope that going forward this would be an annual thing,” Ms Williams said.

“This year we received 123 applications and we were able to give 11 scholarships.

“We hope that we do get more funds because we know the need is so great out there, we will try and give more scholarships every year going forward.

“The money we get for the scholarship is from the money that the Ratu Mara Trust Fund had invested but the Lau Provincial Council last year agreed that we can now look for more funding so that we can give scholarships for students that need them.”

Ms Williams said they welcomed those willing to offer their assistance to help Lau students to fulfil their dream.

“We hope that from now to the end of the year we will look at how we can raise money going forward,” she said.

“This is the first time we are giving these scholarships at this level, but we have always given scholarships for students to attend Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara Technical College in Lakeba.

“This is the first time we were allowed under the trust fund terms of reference the deed to give scholarships for higher-level studies.”

The 11 students were from the islands of Cicia, Kabara, Lakeba, Lomaloma, Moala, Nayau, Ono, Totoya and Fulaga.

Edited by Selita Rabuku

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