Gen­eros­ity recog­nised

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Former Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Ella Tap­pin has been awarded a pres­ti­gious Freema­sons Univer­sity Schol­ar­ship at Par­lia­ment.

Sir Don McKin­non pre­sented her with the schol­ar­ship, which was re­served for top stu­dents with strong and ac­tive in­volve­ment in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Ella is in her fourth year at the Univer­sity of Waikato and said it was an hon­our to be se­lected.

‘‘I was re­ally proud, the first thing I did when I found out was call my fam- ily. I was quite sur­prised be­cause it was a re­ally strict process to go through to get the schol­ar­ship.’’

Work­ing to­wards a Bach­e­lor of Man­age­ment Stud­ies with First Class Hon­ours, Ella also finds time to give back in the Waikato.

‘‘You have to re­alise that it’s not just about your­self. We all live within a com­mu­nity and we have to pay it back some­how.

‘‘I know I wouldn’t have got where I am with­out help,’’ she said.

This phi­los­o­phy has seen Ella coach and um­pire netball, and tu­tor strug­gling high school and univer­sity stu­dents.

She also serves as a stu­dent am­bas­sador for the univer­sity and was cho­sen as an of­fi­cial depart­ment tu­tor for three ac­count­ing pa­pers.

Over the last two sum­mers, Ella has in­terned with Price­wa­ter­house­Cooper and as a re­sult has been of­fered a full­time po­si­tion at the com­pany start­ing in Jan­uary.

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