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More Funds Needed For Ratu Mara Scholarship

In 2021 the Fund received over 100 requests with 55 applicants completing the applications. After a challenging review of all applications, 10 scholarships were offered.
21 Jun 2022 01:59
More Funds Needed For Ratu Mara Scholarship
Ratu Mara scholarship recipients (from left) Alipate Loga, Tahtiyana Taukei, Leba Sekiwai Baleitavuki, Litia Lewai Tikinitabua and Josaia Tabu Gaunavinaka during the Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara Education Trust Fund fundraising dinner in Suva on June 17, 2022. Photo: Wati Talebula-Nuku

The Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara Education Management Board is hoping to get more funds to be able to offer more scholarships in the future.

Trust Fund Chair Dr Esther Williams thanked those who helped raise funds for the scholarship.

“This is the first time we are having a big function and the idea was to highlight the importance of education to the people of Lau and how there are Lau children whose parents can’t afford to send them to university, but they have good marks,” Dr Williams said.

“The fundraising was successful. We had 20 tables which were sold out in a very short period even with all the difficulties people are facing financially. We are grateful that people came forward to help. This will now be an annual event.

“We are trying to raise money for the scholarships so that we are able to give scholarships annually to students who deserve it but cannot afford university tuition or advanced courses at any institution.

“We didn’t give any scholarships this year because of the pandemic, but we decided to give scholarships focusing on the five secondary schools in Lau. To give these scholarships we need money, and the purpose of the dinner is to ask all Lauans out there to contribute to the Trust Fund.

In 2021 the Fund received over 100 requests with 55 applicants completing the applications. After a challenging review of all applications, 10 scholarships were offered.

Students are counselled on a regular basis.

“Our advice to them is to always work hard, attend all classes, do their assignments and if they do have a problem in their studies, they should contact us. In our trust fund, we have two trained counsellors who can advise them.

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