Sibona wins study award

Education, Normal

The National, Monday July 22nd, 2013

 ESTHER Sibona has every reason to be happy following the announcement of being the 2013 Fulbright Scholarship programme recipient.

She will attend the University of DePaul in Chicago to earn a masters degree in journalism. 

Sibona is from Nubia village, Bogia in Madang. 

Selected in October 2012, she impressed the Fulbright committee during the finalist interview process with her charisma and potential for lasting impact through her community communications project. 

“I’m honoured to receive the 2013 Fulbright Scholarship and look forward to my studies in the United States,” Sibona said. 

Sibona graduated from Divine Word University in 2007 and has been working in media and communication for five years in various organisations, including Newcrest Mining Ltd-Lihir. When she returns her goal is to use radio broadcasting to promote health messages. 

“I believe this opportunity will give me the platform to develop my passion,” she said. 

“It was also develop me professionally.”

She hopes to contribute to PNG’s development by creating education awareness around cross cutting issues that affect Papua New Guineans. 

The Fulbright Scholarship is the flagship international educational exchange programme sponsored by the US Government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” 

Fulbright Scholars are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential and they have the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.