$17,500 in schol­ar­ships awarded to UCOL stu­dents

Whanganui Midweek - - CARING FOR THE ELDERLY -

Thir­teen stu­dents from UCOL’s Whanganui cam­pus took home a com­bined $17,500 worth of schol­ar­ships at a re­cent cer­e­mony on cam­pus. UCOL’s Whanganui Cam­pus awards schol­ar­ships twice a year, with Ako­ranga Ed­u­ca­tion Trust, Arthur Wheeler Leed­stown Trust, The Grand Ho­tel, and Ge­orge Bolton Trust donat­ing schol­ar­ships this round.

Re­cip­i­ents were cho­sen based on their aca­demic achieve­ments, ef­fort, fu­ture plans, char­ac­ter, fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion, and what they add to UCOL and their com­mu­nity.

Bach­e­lor of Nurs­ing stu­dent Leah Akker­man, who made waves with the Whanganui Dis­trict Health Board by em­ploy­ing a breath­ing tech­nique to calm an anx­ious pa­tient, was grate­ful to re­ceive an Arthur Wheeler Leed­town Trust Schol­ar­ship. Hav­ing re­ceived a schol­ar­ship last year, Leah knows how much it can help.

“I bought a cou­ple of text books I wouldn’t have had I not got the schol­ar­ship. It also meant that I didn’t have to work. Be­ing a first year stu­dent at the time, I was thank­ful to be a in a po­si­tion where work didn’t in­ter­fere with study.” For Au­to­mo­tive Engi­neer­ing stu­dent Arama Tuka, re­ceiv­ing a schol­ar­ship shows him that peo­ple sup­port his dream of one day own­ing a high per­for­mance au­to­mo­tive busi­ness.

“It’s very hum­bling that peo­ple be­lieve in your dreams and as­pi­ra­tions. Peo­ple be­liev­ing in me gives me the strength to go for­ward. I’m very grate­ful,” says Arama. Hamish Mackay from Arthur Wheeler Leed­stown Trust with schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents Leah Akker­man and Alexan­dria Morder

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