The Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board (“TSLB”) wishes to reaffirm and reassure the Fijians that there are 970 National Toppers Scheme Scholarships available for students wishing to enroll in programs which are part of the twelve priority areas of the Fijian Government.
This comprises of 20 scholarships for overseas studies and 950 scholarships for studies locally.
In addition to these 970 new National Toppers Scheme Scholarships, there are a total of 2075 students currently enrolled for their studies at the various eligible higher education institutions locally.
There are also 14 students at various overseas institutions under the National Toppers Overseas Scholarships scheme and will continue to be funded under the terms and conditions of their offer letter and bond form. All these students will continue to enjoy their award privileges as per the agreement and there will be no changes to the eligibility for tuition and allowances.
In the 2019-2020 national budget, the Fijian Government has allocated a total of $41,018,447 for these new and existing National Toppers Scheme Scholarships and this is a colossal investment in the education of young Fijians.
This investment will surely assist the young Fijians and sanction access to technical, vocational and tertiary education in building a knowledge based Fiji.
TSLB also wishes to reaffirm that students who have successfully
completed and attained the necessary marks/GPA in Year 13 or Equivalent
Foundation Studies in 2019 in their first attempt are being considered for the
2020 NTS awards so far. Applications for 2020 closed on 31 December 2019 and
since then TSLB has been processing the applications and making offers to the
students who ranked as National Toppers in the Fijian Government priority areas
However, it is important to note that Foundation Studies will not be considered for the National Toppers Scheme Scholarship from 2021 onwards.
This will be applicable to both the National Toppers Local Scholarships and the National Toppers Overseas Scholarships. Only students who complete Year 13 locally and rank as a national topper in their first attempt will be considered for the awards from 2021 onwards.
TSLB further wishes to advice Fijians to be aware of false information on various social media platforms that the National Toppers Scheme Scholarship has been cancelled or students who have completed Year 13 or Foundation Studies in 2019 are no longer being considered for the scholarships. Such false information should be ignored as it lacks any credibility or substance.
Fijians requiring any information and clarification on the various Fijian Government Scholarship and Loans Schemes administered by TSLB are requested to contact TSLB directly on 8921240 , or email on firstname.lastname@example.org . Concerned citizens may also talk to their staff based at the Suva, Lautoka and Labasa Offices.