KIBCA rolls out 2013 scholarships

Adrian Ghele of KIBCA hands a scholarship cheque to the principal of Ringgi High School with some of the 31 recipients from the school

KIBCA has commenced the role out of the 2013 scholarship program. This year KIBCA has awarded 120 scholarships to children from Kolombangara attending secondary schools and tertiary colleges.

Through the generosity of many donors KIBCA has been able to allocate $100,000 SBD for scholarships in 2013. This is an increase of $10,000 from last year.

Contributions to the scholarship program have come from Kolombangara Forest Products Limited (KFPL), the Solomon Island Community Conservation Partnership (SICCP), 4 Nature and private donors.

This week students from Ringgi High gathered to say thank you to KIBCA and the donors for their scholarships.

When asked about the scholarship program, Dilleen Solomon a Form 5 student from Bibiu said, “KIBCA’s work and scholarships are important because we want to become a special person in the future and also we want students doing KIBCA’s important work”.

Form 4 student, Alex Lausaca from Ghatere said, “Having a scholarship is good because it helps us into the future. It helps to make a difference in life for tomorrow’s world”.

The scholarship program plays an important role, supporting local families with the payment of school fess and in encouraging support for KIBCA’s efforts to protect the area above 400m altitude from logging.

Alfred Kaluae a Form 4 student from Kaza spoke for many students when he said that receiving a scholarship was good because it helps lift the burden off your parents.

In 2013 KIBCA has been able to provide a scholarship to all eligible applicants. It is expected that all payments will be completed by June and parents notified in writing. KIBCA wishes all the students wellfor the year ahead.