FORTY students from the PNG LNG Project areas in Hela, Southern Highlands, Gulf and Central were awarded scholarships as part of the 2020 Business and Professional Women’s Association (BPW) PNG LNG scholarship programme.
According to a statement from BPW PNG, the students were currently studying in 23 different institutions across the country ranging from high schools, vocational schools, technical colleges and universities.
It stated that each scholarship would cover tuition fees as well as on-campus boarding and accommodation.
“Almost nine months ago, when we launched the scholarship in partnership with ExxonMobil PNG, we never imagined that 2020 would be the most challenging year with outbreak global pandemic that has unprecedented impact in PNG and across the world,” BPW president Jessinta Wagambie said. “This programme could not have come at a better time to take some of the economic pressure off recipient’s families while serving to motivate students to focus on their education.”
BPW acknowledged the operator of the PNG LNG project, ExxonMobil PNG, for this invaluable partnership.
ExxonMobil PNG managing director Andrew Barry said education was a key foundation for socioeconomic development and ExxonMobil was excited that the programme covered high schools and almost 20 different fields of studies for higher education students.
“We look forward to seeing them complete their studies successfully,” he said.
The primary aim of the programme is to support students and youth from PNG LNG project areas to further their education at high schools, vocational schools, technical colleges and universities in the country.
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