THE lucky 600 students who qualify for the National Toppers Scheme will be known next week.
Parents and students queued up outside Suvavou House in Suva yesterday as application closing time approached.
Co-ordinator Senimili Kamikamica said about 1000 applications were received.
"The response from the students has been overwhelming," she said.
"The applications include those who applied late last year through the PSC, also for iTaukei Affairs scholarships and those who've applied recently.
"It was good to see parents accompanying their children to enquire about the scheme."
Ms Kamikamica said the students who failed to make the cut for the top 600 would still qualify for the loans scheme which remained open.
"We have received quite a good number of applications for the loans scheme, and we will continue to receive applications until the closing of enrolment at the various institutions."
Ms Kamikamica said in terms of the students' loan repayment, 20 per cent would be deducted from their salary when they get their first full-time job.
"This is why the scheme applies to full-time students only," she said.
Ms Kamikamica said the scheme gave everybody an opportunity to receive further education as it was the right of every child.
Meanwhile, the top 600 will choose from certain priority areas of study the State has set out.
These areas of study include tourism, engineering, mining and milling, commerce, medicine and health, agriculture, fisheries and forestry, teacher training, land and town planning, social sciences, technology and special areas of high priority.