THIRTY students of the Fiji National University College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences were handed their scholarship letters by the iTaukei Affairs permanent secretary Savenaca Kaunisela yesterday.
Mr Kaunisela said the thirty students were lucky to have been chosen from the 300 who applied for the iTaukei Affairs scholarship.
He said it was important for the students who were awarded scholarships to stay focused when in school and to always work hard.
"Our focus this year is to provide iTaukei students with proper education but it also depends on the student's performance when in college," Mr Kaunisela said.
"Parental guidance to students under the iTaukei Affairs scholarship program has been tremendous because they want the best for their children.
"We want to build a brighter future for all iTaukei students out there, so we would assist them in anyway possible through the program."
He said being chosen for the scholarship meant commitment and dedication because students would be monitored when they received their scholarship.
"It was sad to only offer 30 scholarships to students under the FNU College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science from those 300 applicants," he said.
"So we need students who were awarded to do well throughout the year so they can be offered scholarships next year."
He said more than 10,000 students were offered scholarships under the iTaukei Affairs scholarship program so far.