Trust gives stu­dents a fi­nan­cial leg-up for stud­ies


Fifty stu­dents from 10 sec­ondary schools were pre­sented Cen­tral Lakes Trust ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion schol­ar­ships at an of­fi­cial awards func­tion held in Cromwell.

Cen­tral Lakes Trust chair­man Dr Mal­colm Macpher­son said the schol­ar­ships, which are val­ued at $2500 each, aim to as­sist stu­dents who study at a New Zealand ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tion in 2017.

‘‘We’re very pleased to have found a way to sup­port young peo­ple to build their fu­tures. In the years this pro­gramme has been run­ning, we’ve helped 334 young peo­ple, to a to­tal amount of $801,500.’’

The se­lec­tion cri­te­ria con­sid­ered the ap­pli­cant’s aca­demic record, all-round qual­i­ties and achieve­ments.

The guest speaker at the func­tion was Sam John­son, who was founder of the Stu­dent Vol­un­teer Army fol­low­ing the Christchurch earth­quakes and named the Young New Zealan­der of the Year in 2012.

John­son, who is also an ad­vo­cate and am­bas­sador of sev­eral causes, ac­tively vol­un­teers his time to work with youth on dis­as­ter re­silience and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment. In­cluded with this year’s awards was the Meyer En­gi­neer­ing Schol­ar­ship which was pre­sented to Tim Weir from Mt As­pir­ing Col­lege by Carl Meyer, the for­mer world row­ing cham­pion and di­rec­tor of Meyer En­gi­neer­ing Lim­ited.

Cen­tral Lakes Trust ter­tiary schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents at a cer­e­mony in Cromwell.

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