Too close to call with fi­nan­cial grant

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

A $20,000 May­oral Schol­ar­ship has been split be­tween two sec­ondary school for the first time in its eight year his­tory.

For­est View High School stu­dent, Cameron Pearce, and Toko­roa High School’s, Chloe Her­man, en­ter Waikato Univer­sity next year with the help of $10,000 each.

Mayor Neil Sinclair said there could not be one win­ner this year.

"We couldn’t see any other way around it, this year was tougher than any we’ve had be­fore. The ap­pli­cants were all out­stand­ing and I would have been proud to award this to any­one of them."

Her­man, 17, planned to study a con­joint of Bach­e­lor of Man­age­ment Stud­ies and Law.

Pearce, 18, will take on a Bach­e­lor of Arts and Sci­ence.

The am­bi­tious pair will take on up to six years of study each.

"I’m happy to be re­ceiv­ing the May­oral Schol­ar­ship, even if it is only half," Her­man said

Although she has yet to de­cide on a spe­cialised area of law, her am­bi­tions ex­tended to her own law firm in Toko­roa.

‘‘ I want to even­tu­ally go na­tion­ally and then in­ter­na­tion­ally.’’

Pearce said he is yet to de­cide on his ca­reer path as he finds in­ter­est in so many sub­jects.

‘‘Sub­jects are like fam­ily, I love them all but some­times they grind my gears.’’

His plan is to re­turn for a job at Carter Holt Har­vey, as he has had work ex­pe­ri­ence there.

This year Coun­cil re­ceived 15 ap­pli­ca­tions from South Waikato stu­dents.

Mayor Neil Sinclair, deputy mayor Jenny Shat­tock, hu­man re­sources man­ager Mur­ray McAlis­ter and Gate­way co­or­di­na­tor for the South Waikato sec­ondary school clus­ter, Cath O’Con­nell, in­ter­viewed six short­listed can­di­dates.

They came from Toko­roa High School, Mata­mata Col­lege, Pu­taruru Col­lege and For­est View High School.

Eight stu­dents have now re­ceived this schol­ar­ship from the coun­cil.

"This ini­tia­tive aligns strongly with the coun­cil’s com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing lo­cal youth in fur­ther­ing their ed­u­ca­tion," Sinclair said.

Schol­ar­ship suc­cess: For­est View High School stu­dent, Cameron Pearce, left, and Toko­roa High School’s, Chloe Her­man, will take on ter­tiary study next year with help from a $10,000 may­oral schol­ar­ship.

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