Geog­ra­phy stu­dent wins may­oral fund

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Toko­roa High School stu­dent Ross Gar­diner has re­ceived a three-year May­oral Schol­ar­ship worth $15,000.

The award from South Waikato District Coun­cil was an­nounced last week and pre­sented to Ross by Mayor Neil Sin­clair.

Ross is in his fi­nal year at school and he plans to study for a Bach­e­lor of So­cial Sci­ence de­gree through the Uni­ver­sity of Waikato, ma­jor­ing in En­vi­ron­men­tal Plan­ning and Geog­ra­phy.

SWDC re­ceived 15 ap­pli­ca­tions from South Waikato stu­dents for the an­nual award this year.

A com­mit­tee of Mr Sin­clair, Deputy Mayor Jenny Shat­tock and hu­man re­sources man­ager Mur­ray McAlis­ter short­listed ap­pli­ca­tions be­fore they in­ter­viewed six can­di­dates.

‘‘All of the ap­pli­cants were ex­cep­tional young peo­ple,’’ said Mayor Sin­clair. ‘‘ Dur­ing the in­ter­view process we looked at a num­ber of cri­te­ria like aca­demic achieve­ment, ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar in­volve­ment, type of de­gree the can­di­date was plan­ning to study and the like­li­hood of them us­ing the qual­i­fi­ca­tion back in the district once they had grad­u­ated.’’

Ross said he had ‘‘al­ways had a keen in­ter­est in geog­ra­phy and the en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘I en­joy be­ing out­doors and think it would be great to have a ca­reer that ful­fils both of those pas­sions.

‘‘Geog­ra­phy is kind of com­mon sense to me, so it makes it very en­joy­able to learn more in an area that is easy for me to un­der­stand.’’

Ross, a keen hockey player, had lived in Toko­roa his whole life and chose to study at Waikato Uni­ver­sity in Hamil­ton be­cause he could re­main close to home and there was a greater op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue with his hockey.

‘‘It is un­for­tu­nate that each year we can only start one new schol­ar­ship,’’ said Mr Sin­clair.

‘‘All of the young peo­ple we in­ter­viewed were con­fi­dent and very ca­pa­ble and will surely excel. Coun­cil is proud to sup­port the youth in our district to re­alise their aca­demic dreams.’’

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the 2012 schol­ar­ship open in Septem­ber.

UNI BOUND: South Waikato District Mayor Neil Sin­clair con­grat­u­lates Ross Gar­diner on his schol­ar­ship.

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