Trust hits milestone
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.
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.