Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has awarded its PNG Legal Scholarship to Bathsheba Pora for 2018, with three other local students also receiving prizes as part of the program.
Ms Pora is a fourth year student in the Bachelor of Law degree at the University of PNG who grew up in the Southern Highlands province.
The scholarship provides the recipient with up to K10,000 in payments and reimbursements for major costs related to their study and to reward high achievement in their final year studies. Norton Rose Fulbright created the scholarship last year to support PNG law students who had already shown a commitment to their undergraduate studies.
The judging committee reviewed the applications based on which best addressed the topic of an essay on ‘The importance of contract law and fair trading protections to the economic development of PNG’ and demonstrated Norton Rose Fulbright’s business principles of Quality, Unity and Integrity in their applications. The judging committee also met with all of the shortlisted applicants to discuss their applications and their studies as part of their evaluation.
In addition to the Scholarship, the judging committee also decided to award a Highly Commended prize, which is a discretionary award that is only made when the quality of the applications warrants it. Vincent Suapi, another law student at the University of PNG, has been named the recipient of this year’s ‘Highly Commended’ award, which includes a payment of K1,000.
The judging committee was also impressed with the quality of the other two shortlisted applicants, and so decided to present Singke Maibawa and Faylin Tiki each with a K500 prize for being Shortlisted Finalists.
There will be an award ceremony held at the Norton Rose Fulbright offices in Port Moresby later this week, followed by a celebration lunch for all four prize winners and the judging committee.
The judging committee consisted of Karo Lelai, principal of Norton Rose Fulbright PNG; David Prest, senior legal counsel at ExxonMobil PNG; and Tania Tokam, senior instructor and lawyer at the Papua New Guinea Legal Training Institute.
Mrs Lelai said the judging committee was very impressed by the quality of the submissions received for this year’s scholarship.
“Having launched the scholarship last year, it was pleasing to see it develop in 2018 and attract a larger pool of talented applicants who provided some truly excellent analysis in their essays and have shown a real commitment to their legal studies to date. It was difficult choosing amongst the four shortlisted finalists, but the other judges and I found Bathsheba’s submission to be most deserving of the prize. We wish all the finalists the very best as they further their studies and interest in the law in PNG.”
“I would also like to offer Norton Rose Fulbright’s thanks to David Prest and Tania Tokam for providing valuable insights into the evaluation of the applications.”
Alison Kult, a fourth year student at the School of Law at the University of PNG, was awarded the first Norton Rose Fulbright scholarship last year.
Picture L to R: Karo Lelai, David Prest, Bathsheba Pora, Faylin Tiki, Vincent Suapi and Tania Tokam (Singke Maibawa not pictured)