​Pageant sponsors 47 female students

The Miss Pacific Islands Pageant (MPIP) PNG has sponsored 47 female students this year.

The pageant is about empowering women through education.

It has since spent about K88,000 to universities for this year’s 47 scholarship recipients.

This is an annual scholarship awarded to successful recipients who best fit their outlined criteria.

According to the MPIP chairperson, Molly O’Rourke, the pageant scholarship prioritises medical students and those taking education, as the country needs more teachers and doctors. 

O’Rourke also confirmed a new scholarship launched this year.

The Ruby Ann Laufa Award is separate from the normal Miss PNG scholarship.

In memory of the late former Miss PNG queen, Ruby Ann Laufa, the award is to annually sponsor a young woman who wants to pursue her Legal Training Institute studies so that she can be admitted to the bar as a lawyer.

“She was a reigning queen and we wanted to do something after her as a legacy for the contribution she had done to the pageant,” said the chairperson.

Applications for the Ruby Ann Laufa Award will be out in February next year. The general MPIP scholarship will be out in January next year.

(UPNG graduates this year)

Gloria Bauai