Double coup for WelTec
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.