Schol­ar­ship for car­ing stu­dent

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For­est View High School stu­dent Ella Liv­ingston is this year’s lucky re­cip­i­ent of the South Waikato District Coun­cil May­oral Schol­ar­ship.

The schol­ar­ship is val­ued at up to $20,000 over four years and with Ella in her fi­nal year at school, with plans to study nurs­ing at Massey Univer­sity in Palmer­ston North, it’s very much wel­comed.

This year the coun­cil re­ceived 18 ap­pli­ca­tions from South Waikato stu­dents for the an­nu­ally awarded schol­ar­ship.

A com­mit­tee, in­clud­ing the mayor Jenny Shat­tock, deputy mayor Jeff Gash, hu­man re­sources man­ager Chris­tine Beach, and Gateway co­or­di­na­tor Dianne Collins, in­ter­viewed six, short-listed candidates.

‘‘All of the ap­pli­cants were ex­cep­tional young peo­ple,’’ Shat­tock said.

‘‘It wasn’t easy to whit­tle the 18 down to six to in­ter­view. What a fan­tas­tic bunch of con­fi­dent, in­tel­li­gent, and fo­cused young peo­ple we have in our district. I was blown away with their tal­ents and achieve­ments.’’

‘‘The cri­te­ria of the schol­ar­ship is broad. It in­cludes the type of de­gree candidates were plan­ning to study, the like­li­hood of them us­ing their qual­i­fi­ca­tion back in the district, their aca­demic achieve­ment and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and how they han­dled the in­ter­view process. Ella is a re­mark­able young woman and will do the South Waikato proud, ‘‘she said.

Ella said she was look­ing for­ward to her stud­ies.

‘‘I have al­ways as­pired to be a nurse since I was young and to have the op­por­tu­nity to come back to the South Waikato and be­gin giv­ing back to a small com­mu­nity which gave me so much grow­ing up,’’ she said.

‘‘I en­joy work­ing with peo­ple. I am car­ing, kind and will­ing to help oth­ers which I be­lieve will all help me be­come a great nurse.’’

Shat­tock said the coun­cil was proud to sup­port the youth in the district to re­alise their aca­demic dreams.

‘‘All of the young peo­ple we in­ter­viewed were con­fi­dent and very ca­pa­ble and will surely ex­cel,’’ she said.

Ap­pli­cants iden­ti­fied a wide range of fields of study in­clud­ing medicine, engi­neer­ing, sci­ence, teach­ing, com­merce, man­age­ment stud­ies, arts, and so­cial sci­ence.

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