Dou­ble coup for WelTec

Kapi-Mana News - - EDUCATION -

Two WelTec stu­dents were awarded New Zealand Fed­er­a­tion of Grad­u­ate Women schol­ar­ships re­cently.

The schol­ar­ships are for high­achiev­ing fe­male stu­dents study­ing for ca­reers in which there are few women. Usu­ally the fed­er­a­tion awards only one schol­ar­ship each year, but the top can­di­dates this year were so out­stand­ing it de­cided to give out two.

Sec­ond-year au­to­mo­tive stu­dent and self-pro­claimed petrol head, Ta­tiana Massey, along with firstyear hor­ti­cul­ture stu­dent, Sara Ti­mothy, were nom­i­nated by their tu­tors for ex­cel­lent per­for­mance in their stud­ies.

Au­to­mo­tive tu­tor Cliff McKenna nom­i­nated Ms Massey for the award, im­pressed with her hard work through­out the year.

‘‘It makes me proud as a tu­tor to see her suc­cess and achieve­ments. She’s got an amaz­ing work ethic, is self-mo­ti­vated and proac­tive. We re­ceived ex­cel­lent re­ports from



work em­ploy­ers place­ments.’’

Mr McKenna en­cour­ages fur­ther par­tic­i­pa­tion from women in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try say­ing, ‘‘ it’s def­i­nitely good to have more women join the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try and these schol­ar­ships help to pro­vide ad­di­tional sup­port to fe­male stu­dents look­ing to join’’.

Ms Massey was sur­prised and ex­cited to be nom­i­nated.

‘‘I screamed – I heard the news and couldn’t be­lieve it,’’ she said.

Ms Massey has al­ways been in­ter­ested in cars, but worked as an elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer and a sound en­gi­neer be­fore re­turn­ing to her first love.

‘‘When I was a girl I asked for cars over dolls, I’ve al­ways been a bit of a petrol head,’’ she said.

Fel­low re­cip­i­ent Ms Ti­mothy is also very clear on her ca­reer path.

‘‘Hor­ti­cul­ture is . . . hard work, but the free­dom to work out­side and on a range of projects is awe­some.’’

Girl power: Sally Hasell, schol­ar­ship li­ai­son for the New Zealand Fed­er­a­tion of Grad­u­ate Women, left, with re­cip­i­ent Ta­tiana Massey, who has won a schol­ar­ship for her ex­cel­lent work in au­to­mo­tive stud­ies at WelTec.

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