Trust hits mile­stone

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

The Cen­tral Lakes Trust cel­e­brated reach­ing $60 mil­lion of do­na­tions in Cromwell last week, award­ing 37 high school students with schol­ar­ships to help with their ter­tiary stud­ies. Trust chair­man and for­mer Univer­sity of Otago chan­cel­lor Sir Eion Edgar said af­ter hold­ing a board meet­ing and ap­prov­ing a set of fund­ing it was cal­cu­lated the trust had reached the mile­stone. Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Paul Al­li­son said the trust was set up in 2000 and had since been en­rich­ing the lives of community mem­bers, by do­nat­ing funds to in­di­vid­u­als and groups, and mak­ing the area a bet­ter place to live. ‘‘Once again we are highly im­pressed with the cal­i­bre of young peo­ple in our re­gion who are plan­ning ter­tiary stud­ies next year,’’ Mr Al­li­son said. Last week each of the 37 high school students was pre­sented with a schol­ar­ship worth $2000. ‘‘We be­lieve these schol­ar­ships are highly val­ued by the re­cip­i­ents and are ef­fec­tive in pro­vid­ing these promis­ing young­sters with ‘a help­ing hand’ to reach their po­ten­tial in life,’’ Sir Eion said. To be el­i­gi­ble, ap­pli­cants needed to be aged be­tween 16 and 19 and have lived in the Cen­tral Lakes Trust re­gion for at least two years. The se­lec­tion cri­te­ria in­clude var­i­ous fac­tors such as the ap­pli­cant’s fu­ture as­pi­ra­tions, fi­nan­cial need, work ethic, community in­volve­ment and aca­demic abil­ity. The trust del­e­gates the se­lec­tion of its ter­tiary schol­ar­ships to the five high schools in its re­gion. A small pool of funds was avail­able for lo­cal students who at­tended board­ing schools south of the Waitaki.

Photo: CHE BAKER

Top marks: The 2012 Cen­tral Lakes Trust ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents. Back row, Cody Tucker, Fin­lay Woods, Rosie Thomson, Gabriel Sch­warz and Ni­cholas Jack­son, all of Mt As­pir­ing Col­lege. Sec­ond back row, Jes­sica Jay, of Mt As­pir­ing Col­lege; Caitlin Jack, Jes­sica Read, Ella Shirley, Thomas Gray, Conor Dol­man, Wil­liam Wal­lace-Blakely and Felix Mout­taki, all of Wakatipu High School. Third row, Caitlin Lau­ren­son and Grace Lind­say, of Wakatipu High School; Caro­line Harmsworth, Na­dine Ward, Char­lotte Stringer and Lily Wil­liams, all of Dun­stan High School. Sec­ond from front row, Ger­ard Finch, Cole Mackie, Nathan Garry, Nick Pas­coe and Made­line Dykes, all of Dun­stan High School. Mor­gan Bath­gate, James Crum and Joel Neil­son, all of Cromwell Col­lege. Front row, Sa­muel Peirce, of Blue Moun­tain Col­lege; Loren Hag­gerty and Lucy Fauth, of St Kevin’s Col­lege; Tintin Kelly, Mil­lie Ke­own and Ge­or­gia Im­lach, of St Hildas Col­le­giate; Abby-Leigh Holden, of South­land Girls High School; Sa­man­tha Grice, of Roxburgh Area School; andEm­maLiya­n­ar­chchi, of Columba Col­lege. Ab­sent, An­drew Ben­ing­ton, of Wakatipu High School.

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