ABOUT 500 recipients of iTaukei Affairs scholarships at the University of the South Pacific turned up for the first orientation session at the Suva Civic Centre on Saturday.
Scholarship recipient Samuela Nabiri said he was excited to see his name on the list of scholarship recipients for this year.
Mr Nabiri, who is a first year student at the University of the South Pacific, said the scholarship meant a lot to his family as his father passed away ten years ago.
"To get a scholarship means a lot to me, especially having a goal of being a teacher," Mr Nabiri said.
"Trying to get an education in this kind of economy is hard so to be offered such an opportunity through the scholarship program is just wonderful," he said.
"I didn't think I would come this far with my studies and I thank the Ministry for iTaukei Affairs in assisting us." Student counsellor Josaia Waqavonovono said the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs set the policies that governed the selection of programmes to be sponsored, and the standard for continuation of awards.
Mr Waqavonovono said the ministry was assisted in this regard by the iTaukei Education Committee, which was commissioned by the government to implement the scholarship policies, interviews and selection of recipients.
"Students' conduct should be in line with USP rules and regulation and they should act in a manner that will not bring disrepute to them and their families."