Futures that Work scholarships programme
Le Va’s Futures That Work scholarships has funded 632 Pasifika students with their tertiary studies. For 2020, Le Va has reached its highest number of Pasifika scholarships awarded in the history of the programme, with 111 scholarship recipients covering a variety of study areas, from social work, counselling and psychology to occupational therapy, and even indigenous knowledge!
The purpose of the Futures That Work Scholarships is to increase the capacity and capability of the Pasifika mental health and addiction workforce through supported upskilling, to successful and timely completion rates of qualifications, accompanied by a mentoring component.
The Futures That Work Scholarship is made up of three phases:
• Get your fees paid – up to 100 per cent of health course fees are paid to the recipient’s tertiary provider and/or contributed to their student loan.
• Get your study sorted – pastoral care, cultural support, educational support, spiritual and peer support are offered.
• Get your dream job – career planning, and connection with employers is offered.
Le Va recognises that it is more than just giving out study scholarships, but more about supporting recipients to successfully complete and do well in their studies, but also providing mentoring support, and advice on how to get the right job that, in turn, will benefit our Pasifika communities. To celebrate the success of our recipients, Le Va hosts an annual Futures That Work scholarship awards dinner. This is an opportunity to highlight the success of our award Pasifika recipients alongside their families and supports from within the community. For our 2020 recipients, Le Va is working toward viable options to host this event once again, ensuring our families and communities remain safe during COVID-19. Congratulations to all our award recipients and the contribution you all make, enabling our Pasifika communities to flourish.