Lo­cal stu­dents earn trust schol­ar­ships

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About -

‘‘Re­ceiv­ing the schol­ar­ship takes a lot of pres­sure off.’’

Two school leavers from Mata­mata have each been awarded a $6000 schol­ar­ship to put to­wards their first year of ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion at Win­tec and the Univer­sity of Waikato.

Their wind­fall comes from the David John­stone Char­i­ta­ble Trust, which for the past 20 years has an­nu­ally awarded schol­ar­ships to Waikato sec­ondary school stu­dents em­bark­ing on a science or teach­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion at the Univer­sity of Waikato or Win­tec.

Liam Bar­clay and Olivia Heta, both of Mata­mata Col­lege, are among 36 school leavers to be ac­knowl­edged at an awards cer­e­mony on De­cem­ber 9 at The Atrium at Win­tec in Hamil­ton.

Next year Liam will be study­ing to­wards a con­joint de­gree in com­put­ing science and math­e­mat­ics at the Univer­sity of Waikato.

‘‘Re­ceiv­ing the schol­ar­ship takes a lot of pres­sure off fi­nan­cially which al­lows me to fo­cus on study rather than hav­ing work more to pay my way,’’ he said.

2015 marks the 20th an­niver­sary of The David John­stone Char­i­ta­ble Trust schol­ar­ship pro­gramme, ad­min­is­tered by Per­pet­ual Guardian. The schol­ar­ship pro­gramme is one of the most sig­nif­i­cant in the Waikato as it as­sists up to 40 stu­dents ev­ery year.

Nola De­laney, trus­tee of the David John­stone Char­i­ta­ble Trust, said it is a plea­sure each year to help con­tinue David’s legacy and see Waikato youth suc­ceed.

‘‘To be awarded a David John­stone Char­i­ta­ble Trust schol­ar­ship, th­ese stu­dents have demon­strated that they are all-rounders and can ap­ply them­selves,’’ De­laney said.

‘‘We look for can­di­dates with good aca­demic skills so they can suc­cess­fully com­plete their ter­tiary stud­ies, along with other at­tributes that we be­lieve David would have ap­proved of,’’ she added.

David John­stone was born in 1909 to one of the Waikato re­gion’s pi­o­neer­ing farming fam­i­lies and passed away in Fe­bru­ary 1990.

De­laney said David’s farming suc­cess was great; how­ever his over­ar­ch­ing de­sire to have had a bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion him­self prompted him to leave a size­able chunk of his es­tate to form the David John­stone Char­i­ta­ble Trust.

Twenty years later, the David John­stone Char­i­ta­ble Trust has paid over $3 mil­lion in schol­ar­ships to around 600 Waikato stu­dents be­gin­ning their ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

This year’s schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents come from 19 Waikato schools in­clud­ing Cam­bridge, Hamil­ton, Toko­roa, Thames, Mata­mata, Mor­rinsville, Te Aroha, Paeroa, Pio­pio, Otoro­hanga, Tau­marunui, Te Kauwhata and Te Awa­mutu.

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