THIRTY-three students have welcomed the changes made by the iTaukei Affairs Ministry to scholarship awards now offered to USP students studying law in Vanuatu and studying agriculture in Samoa.
A government statement said ministry permanent secretary Savenaca Kaunisela announced these changes at a special orientation program for the students.
Under the changes, accommodation will be provided on-campus for each student regardless of the level of scholarship award (full/partial/tuition) and will be paid directly to the respective institution (Emalus or Alafua), accommodation allowances will be paid directly to the institutions and an increase in pocket allowance because of the increase in cost of living in Vanuatu and Samoa.
These allowances will be awarded on a quarterly basis to students according to their level of award.
The condition, Mr Kaunisela said, was that they maintain good grades throughout their term of study.
Pockets of orientation for dedicated students are a new feature of the scholarship unit this year. This is for the benefit of students and for which parents and guardians are also invited to attend.
"In past years, the orientation was just held once and for all the students regardless of the institutions of study," Mr Kaunisela said.
"We did not find this productive so we've changed the orientation format this year."