For­mer head boy awarded schol­ar­ship

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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.

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Daniel Lans­daal has earned a $25,000 schol­ar­ship to the Univer­sity of Waikato.

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