The Institution of Professional Engineers of Samoa (IPES) have donated scholarships to the value of $10,000 tala to assist with school fees of 20 students at the National University of Samoa.
The 20 scholarship recipients blessed by IPES this year are all enrolled as either 2nd or 3rd year students of the NUS Bachelor of Science programme.
During the scholarship awards ceremony held at NUS on Tuesday morning, IPES President Afioga Tafeamaalii Philip Kerslake, presented the cheque to the Acting Vice Chancellor of NUS, Peseta Dr Desmond Lee Hang.
Tafeamaalii said this is the 5th round of scholarships offered by IPES since the Institute
began granting scholarship awards for NUS Students in 2014.
“IPES scholarships focus specifically on Science students, both men and women, who are studying in the fields of engineering and TVET disciplines that correlate to the fundamental function of our Institute,” said the President.
“Most importantly, we
encourage our scholars to be faithful and diligent in their fields of study in order to ensure that they graduate with distinction which will reflect the quality of the services they provide when they join the industry,” he said.
Tafeamaalii told Samoa Global News that there is a high demand for engineers in both the private and public sectors and IPES will continue to award financial scholarships to selected students from various institutions and vocational colleges around the country.
He said an annual IPES golf tournament held around Father’s Day in August each year, helps the Institute to fund the scholarships.
The Acting Vice Chancellor, Afioga Peseta Dr. Desmond Lee Hang, thanked the IPES President and the Institute for their continuous support, given the substantial need for financial assistance during these uncertain times.
“Indeed, these scholarships will help our students fulfill their dreams and succeed in their academic pursuits at the University,” said Peseta.
“On a broader scale, we appreciate the IPES sponsorship which contributes to achieving the University’s academic objectives of educating and developing graduates to meet the demands of Samoa’s workforce.”