Minister presents Toloa Scholarships

posted: 12:34 pm - 25th February 2016
Toloa Scholarships Ceremony

Four young Pacific people have been awarded the Ministry’s inaugural Toloa Scholarships of $25,000 each.

The scholarships are aimed at encouraging more Pacific people into studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects (STEM).

As well as the $25,000 towards studies the Awards offer other support including mentoring and an industry internship. Click here for full story.

The Awards were open to first year undergraduate and postgraduate Pacific students studying STEM-related papers.

Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga presented the scholarships at a ceremony at Fale Pasifika, which was co-hosted by the University of Auckland’s Pacific Studies Faculty and the Ministry.

“The calibre of applicants was high, and I was encouraged by the interest in these new scholarships. New Zealand’s Pacific population is one of the youngest and fastest-growing in the country. It is important that these young and bright people are given every opportunity to become the industry leaders and problem-solvers of the future,” Mr Lotu-Iiga says.

The winners of the Toloa Scholarships are:

  • Zoe So’otaga, studying at Victoria University towards a Bachelor of Building Science
  • Melissa Kupa, studying at Wellington Institute of Technology towards a Bachelor of Engineering Technology
  • Sela Finau, studying at the University of Auckland towards a Bachelor of Science (majoring in Biomedical Science)
  • Fuli Junior Fuli, studying at the University of Auckland towards a Bachelor of Technology (Honours)

Click here for profiles of the 2016 winners and more information.

The Ministry received a total of 66 applications of a very high standard. Thanks to all the Pacific stars who took the time to put their names forward. It’s encouraging to see so much Pacific talent in these growth industries.

Click here to read the media release from the Minister for Pacific Peoples.