Lupematasila Chevening scholar recipient 2022-2023 in UK

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Lupematasila Marlene Kathleen Mulipola has been selected as one of Samoa’s Chevening Scholars for 2022-2023 in the United Kingdom. 

Chevening is the UK government’s international scholarships and fellowships programme.

The scholarship was confirmed in a statement issued by UK Embassy office in Samoa. 

Lupematasila will pursue her Master’s degree in Human Rights and International Politics at the University of Glasglow in Scotland. 

One of the Managers at SSAB, Lupematasila told Radio Polynesia, it was a lengthy and competitive process with more than 60K people applying and only about two per cent are shortlisted for interviews. 

“A great test of faith and patience,” she said. 

“I specifically applied to Glasgow University because it’s in Scotland and I love their cold weather and its rich history etc that I fell in love with when I was reading books. 

“I was so so lucky to get into Glasgow as well as two other universities. But Glasgow was also my choice,” she said.

Lupematasila will be travelling with her daughter to Scotland.

Funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and partner organisations, the program offer individuals who show potential to inspire, inform, and influence positive change the opportunity to study at a UK university to gain a UK educational qualification. 

The programme supports awardees from more than 160 countries and territories with the main exceptions being the USA (whose citizens can apply for FCDO-funded Marshall Scholarships) and the majority of the European Union.

The Chevening programme began in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious and highly competitive international awards programme. Its success has led to an increased level of investment, with over 1,500 awards made most years.