Grants fos­ter young tal­ent

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jes­sica Rice

A schol­ar­ship set up in me­mory of a Mt Eden girl is avail­able to tal­ented young Auck­lan­ders.

The Max­ine Schol­ar­ship is for stu­dents aged 15 to 20 who are in­ter­ested in ed­u­ca­tion, art, dance, drama, mu­sic, fash­ion or sport.

Mt Eden Vil­lage Main­street Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary Claire Sid­dens, one of the brains be­hind the schol­ar­ship, says the aim is to fi­nance peo­ple to pur­sue their tal­ent.

It will fund up to $2000 in ser­vices or ma­te­ri­als that are not avail­able through Study-Link’s course-re­lated costs scheme.

“The schol­ar­ship is there for peo­ple to do some­thing that is per­haps a lit­tle out of the or­di­nary,” she says.

One past re­cip­i­ent used the schol­ar­ship for fenc­ing equip­ment when he made it to an in­ter­na­tional level.

An­other, a na­tional swim­ming rep­re­sen­ta­tive, used the schol­ar­ship for lessons.

The schol­ar­ship was set up by the busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tion in me­mory of Max­ine van der Velden, who was just 19 when she was the vic­tim of a tragic ac­ci­dent.

Max­ine was in her first year of an art his­tory de­gree at Auck­land Univer­sity.

She was well-known in the Mt Eden Vil­lage com­mu­nity, which was hit hard by the tragedy.

Max­ine worked in one of the vil­lage’s shops and her par­ents run a busi­ness there.

The busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tion saw a schol­ar­ship as a mean­ing­ful way to hon­our Max­ine’s po­ten­tial and her pop­u­lar­ity.

“Max­ine had her whole life be­fore her and the trust would re­ally like to pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity for oth­ers to fol­low their dreams,” Ms Sid­dens says.

But she says find­ing ap­pli­cants has been a chal­lenge be­cause peo­ple don’t know the schol­ar­ship ex­ists.

She says the money is there, funded by com­mu­nity events, and the direc­tors are ea­ger to make a grant.

Up to five schol­ar­ships are awarded each year. The next clos­ing dates for ap­pli­ca­tions is May 25.

Ap­pli­ca­tion forms are avail­able through the Mt Eden Vil­lage Main­street Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion web­site at www. mount­e­ – Jes­sica Rice is an AUT jour­nal­ism


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