My name is Wilma Mavea. I am the second last born child of 6 siblings. My parents are both originally from Eastern Highlands, Okapa district. They moved to Port Moresby in search of better life, they did odd jobs to make ends meet, and sent us to school.
I was fortunate to complete my Bachelor of Science majoring in Biology and Environmental Science at the University of Papua New Guinea. I became interested in Scientific Research in Ecology, Conservation and Environmental management work during freshman year and learnt about PNG’s rich, unique and iconic flora and fauna and how they are at risk of becoming extinct due to development.
Whilst at university, life was difficult, bunking up with best friends was the best option in cutting down costs of living. To make matters worse my mum passed away during my third year of studies. Everyday living was a challenge, sometimes I could go without having a meal, money or basic necessities.
I was immensely moved and speechless when I was awarded the Archer Leadership Scholarship in early 2015. I was able to live on campus as the scholarship package paid for my tuition fees and boarding and lodging. I also providing great mentoring sessions; my mentor Roxanne Martens was more of a great friend, provided a resource allowance that was used to purchase work boots, text books, camera, laptop, external hard drive, backpack, work suits (things I would never be able to purchase myself), a trip to Sydney, leadership trainings and work experience. The scholarship was a blessing, a dream come true in terms of travelling to Australia and being able to complete my final year of studies. I believe KTF guided me into a new perspective of my self-worth, Career, Community and World view.
In 2016 I was awarded a PNG LNG Exxon Mobil Honours scholarship run by University of Papua New Guinea in partnership with James Cook University. A scholarship that came about because of recently discovered Pidu dolphins at Kikori delta. I am excited to join Dr. Beasley (Dolphin expert) in this exciting journey.
I am deeply indebted to KTF for assisting me tremendously to complete my degree studies and made me advance in my education/career. To the sponsors of KTF, thank you! Your contribution has done a great deal for me and for similar students like me.
Run after your dream with passion! “Not All Of Us Can Do Great Things. But We Can Do Small Things With Great Love” Mother Teresa.