Seven From Visayas Qualify for the 2020 New Zealand Scholarship Program

New Zealand Ambassador-designate Peter Kell is in Cebu City since February 5 until 7, 2020 and visited several universities in Cebu to promote the New Zealand Scholarship Program.

This year, 7 students from the Visayas are heading to New Zealand for their post-graduate degrees. They are among the 24 qualified individuals being awarded with a scholarship to pursue post-graduate degrees on specific areas of study.

It is an annual program funded by the New Zealand Government through the New Zealand Aid Programme.

The 7 Visayans are: Lyra Kyle Chu (Masters of Natural Resource Management and Ecological Engineering, Lincoln University), Juhn Chris Espia (Doctor of Philosophy, University of Canterbury), Irene Marice Fernandez (Master of Science, Victoria University of Wellington), Nicole Consuelo Fernandez (Masters of Disaster Management, Lincoln University), Glenis Ann Narte (Master of Water Resource Management, Lincoln University), Neil Ian Rubia (Postgraduate Diploma in Management Systems, Massey University) and Michael Ray Wenceslao (Doctor of Philosophy, University of Auckland). 

Aid Manager Dyan Rodriguez

After the successful selection for the 24 scholars for the school year 2020, Ambassador-designate Peter Kell is in Cebu City since February 5 until 7, 2020 and visited several universities in Cebu to promote the New Zealand Scholarship Program. He also made announcements that they are already accepting applications for the school year 2021.

The New Zealand Government opened its application for the 2021 post-graduate scholarships last February 1 and will end acceptance of applications on February 28, 2020.

Ambassador-designate Kell said in an interview by that he  encourages more young people from Cebu to apply for the program.

“We have been to different universities promoting the scholarship program and we were warmly welcomed. We are so privileged to host scholars from the Visayas in the past, particularly for courses in renewable energy. We recognize the value they have brought to the sector upon their return to the Philippines. That’s why we want more Filipinos to consider studying in New Zealand,” said Ambassador-designate Kell.

Ambassador-designate Kell also announced that for the first time, they were able to award scholarship grants to two (2) Moro scholars and both will be joining this year’s 24 scholars to New Zealand.

He also hope that more young Filipinos will follow the example of their scholarship awardees and take advantage of the excellent opportunity, not just for their personal growth but also to assist the scholars’ respective region upon their return.

All smiles during the New Zealand Scholarship Program Cocktail Reception at Seda Hotel

Priority sectors for study include post-graduate degrees in agriculture, renewable energy, disaster risk management, and public sector management including peace and conflict studies and indigenous studies.

The New Zealand Embassy was accompanied by representatives from different New Zealand institutions (Auckland University of Technology, University of Canterbury, Otago University, Lincoln University, and Unitec) to promote the courses available to Filipinos through either the scholarship program or private funding.

“New Zealand universities are ranked among the top 3 percent in the world. We’ve carefully selected these sectors to ensure Filipinos receive some of the very best of New Zealand education. We are proud to be leaders and innovators in these industries. Degrees in these sectors would also equip our future Filipino graduates in areas where they can be best contribute to Philippine development,” added Kell.

The scholarship program will be open to eligible candidates of the public, private and civil society sectors. It will cover full tuition, living expenses, establishment allowance, medical and travel insurance and travel to and from the Philippines.

To qualify, applicants should be 18 to 39  years of age at the time of commencing their scholarship; have at least 1-year work experience (or 2 years if including internship and volunteer work); and agree to return to the Philippines for a minimum of two years upon completion of study.

Interested applicants may click on the link below to begin application:

Photojournalist for the Freeman Newspaper/ Philippine Star from 2000-2008. Became a sportswriter for Cebu Daily News in 2008 and tested her mitten in news writing with Inquirer Visayas as well. In 2010, worked as a sportswriter for Sunstar Cebu until 2015. Currently working as an Operations Manager for Performance360 Global Services in Cordova. A part-time photojournalism Instructor at USJR, an officer of Cordova Chamber of Commerce, and the president of the Press Photographers of the Philippines- Cebu

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