Ministry’s Toloa Scholarships programme to expand in 2016

New funding announced in Budget 2016

posted: 3:00 pm - 26th May 2016

A scholarship programme aimed at getting young Pacific people into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is set to grow after a boost in funding.

The Government has allocated a total of $1.2 million over 4 years for the Toloa Scholarships programme, which was started by the Ministry in 2015.

Each year for the next four years 8 Tertiary Fees Scholarships will be awarded to either first year Pacific undergraduates or first year postgraduate students studying a towards a STEM qualification.

This expands the programme from the 4 scholarships offered in 2015.

The scholarships are worth $25,000 each over three years and give winners access to mentoring and a potential industry internship at the end of their studies

The remaining funding will be used to set up two new initiatives to getting more Pacific people studying and working in the STEM sector.

One of these is a $40,000 contestable community fund for Pacific groups to run STEM related activities.

The other new initiative is awards to the total value of $10,000 for Pacific secondary school students studying STEM subjects.

The Ministry will oversee the programme and will work with the Pacific Leaders’ Forum to promote the opportunities to Pacific young people and communities.