The first four Adi Samanunu Cakobau Talakuli Scholarship recipients and their proud district representatives during the scholarship launch at the Tailevu Provincial Council office in Nausori on July 20, 2013.
This scholarship was established in 2012 by Tailevu USA in memory of Adi Samanunu Cakobau Talakuli the eldest of the Vunivalu of Bau children. Adi Samanunu was called to rest in June of 2012 only three months away from Tailevu USA's hosting of the Fiji Independence Day celebrations in Vallejo, California.
In launching the Tailevu USA hosted Fiji Day 2012, Patron of the organization Adi Litia Cakobau younger sister of the late Adi Samanunu, challenged the people of Tailevu now residing in the USA to set a benchmark at its turn in hosting the annual event.
In her rousing speech Adi Litia also highlighted the importance of providing an opportunity for continuing education to the young men and women of Tailevu. She pledged the proceeds from the 2012 Fiji Day event to the establishment of the Tailevu USA administered scholarship.
Scholarships to the amount of US$5,000 was distributed amongst the 5 Tikina cokovata Bau, Verata, Nakelo, Sawakasa and Wainibuka beginning of Semester II on July 22, 2013.
In 2017, scholarship will be awarded at the beginning of the year.
Criteria for the scholarship would be:
In selecting candidates for awards the following are taken into account:
Criteria for short listing applicants for interview
- Applicants must have satisfied the interview panel that they have or will have the minimum academic requirements for the course and that they have the ability to complete the courses they will apply for.
- Applicants must show proof of placement.
- Family income level must be $15,000 and below.
- Scholarship is for fulltime studies only.
- Consent to access student records and some personal information for monitoring and marketing purposes only.