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Distance is no barrier

Shayal Devi
Monday, January 27, 2014

A FORMER Fiji citizen is not letting distance stop him from helping out young students in the country.

Working under the Lalita Jeraj Foundation, Australian Liladhar Jeraj travels to Fiji every year to interview potential students for scholarships to study at the University of Fiji.

"The process of identifying these students usually begins when the school requests students from poor families who cannot pursue university studies to apply and then sent with the recommendations of principals to the foundation," Mr Jeraj said.

"The trustees interview the students and select scholarship recipients.

"If two students get the same marks, the student from the poorest family will get the scholarship."

A total of 45 students have been assisted by the foundation.

"There are 22 students in high school and 23 have benefitted through the University of Fiji.

"Six have graduated and are in the workforce and 17 are completing their studies and will graduate in April.

"This year, I will be meeting 17 students in Nadi and at least eight to nine scholarships will be granted."