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Front (l r), Gladys and John; back, Shane and Margaret.
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COM increased local Scholarship to four
April 19, 2007

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] The Anglican Church of Melanesia has increased its local Scholarship Awards for this year to four.

Since 2006 the Church has offered scholarships for Anglican students with excellent academic, behaviour and leadership records for Form 7 studies at its premier national school - Selwyn College on west Guadalcanal.

This year John Tautai and Shane Ohai from Pamua Secondary school on Makira and Margaret Takutile and Gladys Asitewa from Selwyn College were recipients of this prestigious Scholarship.

The scholarship covered Boarding and Tuition fees, course fees, Text books (where required), course materials, administrative fee and sea fare from Honiara to home village.

The scholarship is open not only to Anglican schools but is also extended to Anglican students in other church and government schools in the country.

Excellent academic records with Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate - PSSC grades of 2 or better and good leadership character is a key criteria for selection as well as strong participation in sports and extra-curricular activities.

Candidates also need to have a satisfactory result of an interview and a strong recommendation from their principal forms part of the consideration.

Scholarship advisory is normally issued at the end of the year and interviews for short-listed students done prior to the start of the academic year when PSSC results are available.

In the inaugural award in 2006, three students were offered a place at Selwyn College.

They were from the two Anglican schools - Selwyn and St Nicholas and St. Joseph's Tenaru, a Roman Catholic school.