US South Pacific scholar urges students to work hard

The National, Monday July 18th, 2016

THE United States embassy Port Moresby is pleased to have Joshua Parep back in Papua New Guinea to do his Home Country Community Service Project (HCCSP).
Parep, 23, from Wabag, Enga, is a current United States South Pacific (USSP) scholarship recipient, enrolled in the computer science bachelor’s degree programme at the University of Hawaii, Hilo campus.
While in the country, he will be attached with Shenzhen Mandarin Technology Co Limited, working in data management programming.
Parep comes with great support from his university as an outstanding student.
Last January, he was hired as an undergraduate tutor for three computer science, three mathematics, and two chemistry classes by the University of Hawaii – Hilo Pacific Islander Student Centre (PISC), to support the academic success of his Pacific Islander peers.
As a tutor, Parep assists up to 25 students a week.
He is very excited to be back home on this project, and encourages young Papua New Guineans interested in studying abroad to work hard in school.
“It is very competitive when vying for international scholarships,” Parep said.
“Do your research.
“Go online and search study opportunities – and apply. You’ll be surprised how many there are available.” Parep will complete his HCCSP in August and return to Hawaii to continue his bachelor’s programme.
He has been spending some time last week at the American Corner, located inside the National Library at Waigani, providing advice to those interested in pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies in the United States.
The HCCSP is a volunteer service activity designed to serve multiple objectives for USSP students.