Journalism students Mr Jone Kalouniviti and Ms Angeline Lal who received scholarships from the French Government to continue their studies at USP in 2006.
The Government of France has awarded scholarships to two students at The University of the South Pacific journalism programme to continue their academic studies.
The recipients of the coveted Embassy of France in Fiji Pacific Regional Journalism Scholarships for 2005 and 2006 are journalist Mr Jone Kalouniviti and final-year student Ms Angeline Lal.
USP’s Journalism Programme coordinator, Mr Shailendra Singh, said the scholarships are given to student journalists with an outstanding media and academic background who seek an opportunity to complete tertiary journalism studies. He added that both Mr Kalouniviti and Ms Lal were outstanding students who were worthy of the award.
He said that the French Government is a major benefactor of the Journalism Programme as they were major donors of equipment, and their annual scholarships have helped 14 students graduate over the years.
French Government seed funding of F$200,000 led to the establishment of the double-major degree course in 1994 before USP took full responsibility of the programme in 1998.
Mr Kalouniviti, a former journalist with the Fiji Sun and The Fiji Times, resigned from work to take up full time studies this year while Ms Lal is a third-year degree student who topped the Radio Broadcast Journalism class last year.
According to Mr Kalouniviti the scholarship was a blessing and would motivate him to work harder.
"I am quite honoured and very happy with the recognition accorded to me through this scholarship,’’ he said.
"My first semester fees had taken a big chunk out of my savings and I have had to work odd jobs to finance my studies, so the scholarship is very welcome.’’
Ms Lal, who has been a student at USP since 2002, said that the scholarship was a big plus for her and her family.
"This (scholarship) has been a big financial help, especially for my parents because my sister is also a private student,’’ she said.
The French Scholarship covers tuition fees and living allowances for one year’s study. Successful candidates are expected to be fully involved in the programme's award-winning regional newspaper, Wansolwara, the news website Wansolwara Online or radio and television programme making.
For more information about Wansolwara and the Journalism Training website visit http://www.usp.ac.fj/journ/ .
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