PNG Students Ready To Lead The Nation

2016 Archer Leaders

Celebrating 6 years of the Archer Leadership Scholarships

Port Moresby – This evening, six young Papua New Guinean university students were awarded with the prestigious Archer Leadership Scholarships during a ceremony held at the Airways Hotel in Port Moresby. The Archer Leadership Scholarships, part of the Kokoda Track Foundation’s work in leadership, supports final year tertiary students on a year-long, intensive, experiential leadership development program.

Over 60 applications were received from across the country and 10 students were shortlisted on the basis of very strict selection criteria including academic excellence, promising leadership skills, and commitment to improving their communities and the nation.  The 10 shortlisted candidates participated in a panel interview in Port Moresby and a final six students were awarded with the scholarships.

The 2016 Archer Leadership Scholarship recipients are: Jerome Sesega (Law, UPNG), Petra Seinian (Biology, UPNG), Johnetta Lili (Accouting, UPNG), Kelly Samof (Economics, UPNG), Sylvia Kaski (Business Studies, UDWUPNG), and Jeremy John (Information & Communication Sciences, UPNG).

On the night, the 2015 Archer Leaders graduated from their leadership development program and were presented with their graduation certificates by Mr Patrick Lindsay, KTF Chair. The Archer alumni is now comprised of 36 students and they have established themselves as an incorporated association in PNG. They have bold plans for the future and are committed to continuing their leadership work in PNG.

Dr Genevieve Nelson, CEO of the Kokoda Track Foundation, 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 the Fred P. Archer estate (administered by Perpetual Trustees). Fred was an Australian coastwatcher in WWII 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.