Whitireia student wins scholarship
Eleanor Craig has a heart for community, and is determined to achieve all she sets her mind to.
So when she was presented with a $3000 Porirua Trust scholarship marking her efforts at Whitireia, she was delighted.
Craig is in her second year of a bachelor of nursing degree and was one of 41 Whitireia students awarded the scholarship.
She said it would help significantly.
The 21-year-old Pauatahanui woman learned on Christmas Eve she had been successful when she collected her mail from her parents’ place.
‘‘It was the best Christmas present ever,’’ she said.
‘‘I didn’t care if it was $100, $300, or $3000. It all would have helped.
‘‘ It’s great because it shows someone is willing to invest in what you are aiming for.’’
Craig said she was open to any opportunity that would help get her on the road to where she wanted to be, and believed the scholarship would do just that.
‘‘It’s going to be really helpful and will help give me a stronger focus on what I’m doing.
‘‘My mum and dad have been a huge part of my life and were proud of me when I told them.
‘‘Dad said it was an honour and an achievement I should be proud of.’’
Craig was selected for her scholarship on criteria of merit and perseverance to succeed despite personal circumstances.
‘‘Nursing is my No 1 priority. I’m determined to achieve.’’
She said Whitireia meant a lot to her.
The former Aotea College student started with a foundation course in 2011 and from then knew that was where she wanted to study.
She has also been involved in sea and army cadets, and has rowed for the Porirua club. She is also a qualified lifesaver.
‘‘A huge part of the scholarship came back to my involvement in the community, and that’s what I’ve always been about.’’
Craig has one year of nursing left, and is unsure on where she will end up, but is interested in using her skills in the army.
Eleanor Craig practises some of what she has learnt in class this year.