Former head boy awarded scholarship
Computer whiz, hockey player and music enthusiast Daniel Lansdaal has received a University of Waikato Te Paewai o te Rangi Scholarship worth up to $25,000.
The former Matamata College head boy was at a hockey gathering when he received the good news.
‘‘I couldn’t take the smile off my face,’’ says Daniel. ‘‘It was so good to find out the hard work had paid off.’’
The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic excellence, leadership potential, and com- munity citizenship.
The 18-year-old student is one of 20 to receive the scholarship this year.
Daniel’s starting a Bachelor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences and is part of the University’s Te Ara ki Angitu¯: Pathways to Excellence programme. The initiative gives regional students better access to tertiary study through subsidised daily bus services, access to fees scholarships, mentoring and learning support.
While he’ll be living in College Hall, one of the Halls of Residence on the Hamilton campus, Daniel says the subsidised bus service is a great option for students wanting to continue living at home while they study.
‘‘It’s going to be an eye-opening experience moving from the country to Hamilton city,’’ says Daniel.
‘‘I’m looking forward to the social aspect of it and it’s handy to know home is just a $1 bus ride away.’’
Five university buses will run from select towns across the Waikato, and will travel Monday to Friday to and from the university during the semester. The buses will bring students from as far as Te Kauwhata, Thames, Waihi, Matamata, Tokoroa and Te Kuiti, with pick-up points along the way.
Once on campus, students will have access to a dedicated pastoral care programme and to a wha¯nau/common room.
‘‘It’ll be cool to meet other students on the programme who are also from small towns and know what it’s like,’’ Daniel says.
An avid computer gamer, Daniel’s hopes to work in the tech industry.
Te Ara ki Angitu¯: Pathways to Excellence has expanded to include 25 schools across Hauraki, Thames-Coromandel, Matamata-Piako, Waikato, South Waikato and WaitomoOtorohonga districts.
Daniel Lansdaal has earned a $25,000 scholarship to the University of Waikato.