Whi­tireia stu­dent wins schol­ar­ship

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

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.

Photo: DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Eleanor Craig prac­tises some of what she has learnt in class this year.

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