Bay students earn Hillary support
Three Hawke’s Bay students have been awarded a scholarship that has eased the burden of student fees.
Elise Legarth, James Field and Ben Morgan have been awarded the prestigious Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship from the University of Waikato— an all-fees paying scholarship that supports students in a chosen discipline, and provides mentoring, personal development and leadership opportunities while they study.
The scholarships are awarded on the basis of leadership, academic excellence and achievement in a sport or the creative and performing arts.
Elise, a former student of Havelock North High School, received the scholarship for canoe sprint, and former Hastings Boys’ High School student James received his for cricket.
Former Lindisfarne College student Ben Morgan received his for rugby, a sport he’s been involved with since the age of seven.
“I first signed up at Havelock North Club when dad suggested I give rugby a go. Because of my height I have been a lock, but in the past couple of years the height requirement has increased so I’ve been working hard at being a blindside flanker.”
Born in Jersey, United Kingdom, Ben has been playing rugby since he was seven, and in the last year has trained hard for his sport spending up to 15 hours a week dedicated to training.
He spent the last two years of high school at Kings College where he was a prefect and captain for 1st XV team, and during his captaincy he received two ‘man of the match’ awards on Sky College Rugby.
Ben has already started a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours and says the scholarship will enable him to concentrate more on his studies and rugby without worrying about the financial side of things.
“The programme and the services provided by the scholarship will allow me to develop my leadership skills, and help me adjust to university life.”