Scholarship for caring student
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.