Golden opportunity for Pacific MFAT Scholars

posted: 4:00 pm - 25th January 2018
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(Picture caption: Pacific Scholars at PCF's PISAN North Island Fono in 2017. CREDIT PCF)

In 2018, a new award is up for grabs at the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards (PMPYA), where an exceptional, high-achieving international Pacific Scholar will be recognised for their efforts thanks to Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF).

The recipient of the PCFInternational Scholar Award will be presented with $10,000 to go towards their future endeavours.

With a vision of supporting cooperation and economic linkages between NZ and the Pacific region, PCF Programme Development Manager Leaupepe Taala Ralph Elika says supporting PMPYA is an opportunity too good to pass up for the organisation.

“The International Scholar award recognises a young person who epitomises the strong positive relationship between New Zealand and the Pacific Islands through their leadership, community service (in New Zealand and their home nation) and academic performance,” Ralph says.

“This is an excellent opportunity to ensure high achieving scholars studying in New Zealand through Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) Pacific Scholarships are recognised for their hard work and dedication to accomplishing their dreams,” Ralph adds.

Successful applicants must meet the general criteria, and they also need to be a current recipient of the NZ MFAT Pacific Scholarship; and a winner of the 2017 Top Pacific Scholar Award or equivalent awarded annually by all the NZ institutions involved with the NZ MFAT Pacific Scholarship.

First staged in 2010, the Awards hosted by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) provide an opportunity for high-achieving Pacific youth in New Zealand to be recognised for their contribution to the country by the Rt Hon Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Awards for other categories vary, from a diplomatic international experience, to paid summer internships and grants to support further study and career development.

Additionally, the 2018 award winners will also be offered personalised leadership development support.

Past award winners have gone on to gain highly visible roles and become pro-active leaders throughout NZ, and also the region.

Applications for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards close February 6, 2018.

However, if you apply before January 31, you will go in the draw to win an early bird prize of Air New Zealand flights for two, to a major city in NZ.

Visit MPP for more information on how to apply, and visit PCF for more information on the organisation.