Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea – Six university students were awarded a prestigious Archer Leadership Scholarship during a ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza in Port Moresby. The Archer Leadership Scholarships, part of the KTF’s work in leadership and funded by Perpetual Trustees, supports final year tertiary students on a year-long, intensive, experiential leadership development program.
Over 50 applications were received from across the country and 12 were shortlisted based on strict selection criteria including academic excellence, leadership skills, and commitment to improving their communities and nation. After participating in two interviews in Port Moresby the final six were selected. The 2015 Archer Leadership Scholarship recipients are:
- Sebangaz Siming (Business and Accounting, UPNG)
- Ethel Heagi (Law, UPNG)
- Matthew Adadikam (Law, UPNG)
- Wilma Mavea (Biology, UPNG)
- Sam Kaima (Chemistry, UPNG)
- Amy Kuli (International Studies, DWU).
Matthew Adadikam from UPNG said: “I am so happy. I will make the best out of every opportunity given to me during this year. I want to make a difference and create a better future for my country and this scholarship will assist me to do that. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.”
On the night, the 2014 Archer Leaders graduated from their leadership development program and were presented with their graduation certificates by the Honourable Delilah Gore, Minister for Community Development, Religion and Youth, and Mr Ian Kemish, KTF Patron and former Australian High Commissioner to PNG. The ‘Archer Alumni’, an incorporated association in PNG, now comprises of 30. They have bold plans for the future and are committed to continuing their leadership work.
Dr Genevieve Nelson, KTF CEO, said: “When I hear these students passionately speak about leadership and the changes needed in Papua New Guinea, I am extremely hopeful and excited about PNG’s future.”
“The talent keeps getting better and better. Every year it is harder to select the winners,” Nelson added.
The Archer Leadership Scholarships aim to find and foster the next generation of PNG leaders. The scholarships are funded by and named after Fred P. Archer (administered by Perpetual trustees). Fred was a coastwatcher in World War Two and spent 54 years in PNG as a copra plantation owner. Fred was a great believer in education, which he saw as the key for PNG’s development. The program provides students with academic tuition support, educational resources, mentoring, community development and work experience placements, support to conduct a community project, and participation in a two-week leadership exchange program in Australia.
KTF is an Australian aid organisation providing sustainable solutions in education, health, livelihoods and leadership in PNG.