Trust of­fers students fund­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Waikato students are be­ing in­vited to line up for their share of the 2012 dis­tri­bu­tion from a char­i­ta­ble trust founded by an ed­u­ca­tion-minded Waikato farmer.

Now in its 17th year, the David John­stone Char­i­ta­ble Trust, man­aged by Guardian Trust, con­tin­ues to demon­strate how im­por­tant tai­lored wealth man­age­ment is to sus­tain­able phil­an­thropic giv­ing.

Last year, the trust awarded $180,000 in schol­ar­ships to new students at Waikato ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions, and 36 schol­ar­ships of $5000 each are once more up for grabs by students en­ter­ing their first year of study in sci­ence or teach­ing at Waikato Univer­sity, or any field of study at the Waikato In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy.

Guardian Trust dis­trib­uted the nom­i­na­tion forms to the 39 sec­ondary schools in the trust’s des­ig­nated area in late Au­gust, and cri­te­ria for schol­ar­ship ap­pli­ca­tions are the same as in pre­vi­ous years: each school may nom­i­nate one stu­dent in each of the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories:

Waikato Univer­sity – sci­ence-re­lated de­grees (Bach­e­lors of Sci­ence, Engi­neer­ing, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, or Com­put­ing and Math­e­mat­i­cal Sciences)

Waikato Univer­sity – teach­ing de­grees

Waikato In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy – all qual­i­fi­ca­tions Twelve schol­ar­ships of $5000 are avail­able in each of the three cat­e­gories. The num­ber of schol­ar­ships awarded will de­pend on qual­i­fy­ing students, and fi­nal num­bers will be de­ter­mined by the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee.

Nom­i­na­tions for schol­ar­ships close at 10am on Tues­day, Septem­ber 25.

Af­ter a meet­ing of the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee in mid-Oc­to­ber rec­om­men­da­tions will be made, ap­proved by the trus­tees, and schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents se­lected and in­formed.

The se­lec­tion com­mit­tee con­sists of the four in­de­pen­dent trus­tees, Guardian Trust client man­ager Eileen Slater, and two or three in­vited mem­bers from the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

The schol­ar­ship

re­cip­i­ents and their fam­i­lies will be in­vited to at­tend a for­mal pre­sen­ta­tion at the Bronze Room at Waikato Sta­dium on Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 7 2012.

David John­stone was a well-known farm­ing iden­tity in the Waikato.

Many years of hard work – and trial and er­ror – made him a suc­cess in his field, but he har­boured a life­long wish to have had a bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion.

His an­swer was to form his own char­i­ta­ble trust, one of the prin­ci­pal ob­jec­tives of which is to as­sist young peo­ple to fur­ther their ed­u­ca­tion.

The trust has dis­trib­uted nearly $1 mil­lion in the past five years.

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