Dream come true for graduate
It was a dream come true for 22 – year old Jeremaia Tuwai Lewaravu when he received the Tertiary Scholarships and Loans Service (TSLS) scholarship to pursue a qualification of his choice.
Mr. Lewaravu successfully graduated with a Double major in Commerce and International Business Marketing from the University of the South Pacific (USP) during the September 2023 graduations.
“TSLS sponsorship has played a significant role in helping me achieve my dream,” he said. “The sponsorship covered for my tuition fee, accommodation, and student allowance. With this assistance, it significantly reduced the financial burden for my family to cater for my educational needs. All in all, this sponsorship of tertiary education plays a pivotal role in removing financial barriers, recognizing merit, and providing opportunities for students to pursue their dreams and aspirations. It not only benefits individual students but also has wider societal and economic implications. Sponsored students can find employment, which is essential for the progress of society.”
Currently residing in Nadi, Mr. Lewaravu has managed to find employment post-graduation. He is employed at the Mana Island Resort and Spa as an Accounts Clerk and a Night Auditor.
“I am grateful to have found employment in my field of study,” he said. “I wish to use my life-learned skills to advocate the younger generation on the importance of quality education. I wish to educate and encourage others that education is a powerful tool for positive change.”
He encourages the TSLS sponsored students to make the most of the award and strive for excellence.
“One advice I would give to sponsored students is for them to prioritize their studies and strive for academic excellence as this is one of the main expectation of sponsors and most importantly is for students to use their time wisely by developing a strong time management skill to balance their academic responsibilities, extracurricular activities, and personal life.”