TWENTY-EIGHT iTaukei students will be travelling overseas for further studies on full scholarship.
Out of these, 21 will study at various universities in Malaysia, one in Singapore, four in Australia and two in New Zealand.
During the orientation on Wednesday the permanent secretary for iTaukei Affairs, Savenaca Kaunisela reminded them not to lose focus of their objectives and get carried away by things like partying, drinking and laziness.
"We expect you to study, stay focused and aim for the highest standard — a quality pass," he told recipients.
"Be ambassadors of this country and follow the laws of the host country."
He urged the students to manage their time well, stay safe and budget their allowance.
"Come back with your qualification, put into practice what you learnt and you will be noticed.
"You are not the only ones wanting the scholarship, so consider yourself lucky and the best of all who had applied," he said.
There were 473 applications received and processed for overseas studies this year.
Successful applicants and their parents attended the orientation to understand the scholarship policies and government's expectations of them.
Mr Kaunisela said the orientation was necessary to ensure that government's investment through education was realised.
"Wish you all the best and Fiji will be waiting for you to return and contribute positively to nation building," he said.
Upon their return, they will be required to serve government for a term equivalent to the length of their scholarship with an added one and half years.
They begin leaving Fiji this weekend.