Bay stu­dents earn Hil­lary sup­port

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

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.”




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