EIT schol­ar­ships at­tract en­rol­ment

Napier Courier - - News -

An­nah Cherry starts work as a grad­u­ate ju­nior nurse in the acute med­i­cal ward — A1 re­nal and res­pi­ra­tory at the Hawke’s Bay Fallen Soldiers’ War Memo­rial Hospi­tal in Jan­uary.

It’s a dream come true for the EIT Bach­e­lor of Nurs­ing grad­u­ate who vis­ited the Hawke’s Bay cam­pus in 2015 as a Year 13 and fell in love with what was on of­fer.

Now she has been ac­cepted by the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board as one of few into the year­long nurse en­try to prac­tice (NETP) pro­gramme that will see her tran­si­tion to a reg­is­tered nurse.

Se­cur­ing an EIT Year 13 de­gree schol­ar­ship that cov­ered her first year of fees has helped.

”It was amaz­ing,” An­nah says. “I don’t think peo­ple re­alise how sig­nif­i­cant a stu­dent loan is un­til they have one. My loan is way less than my friends who have stud­ied out of Hawke’s Bay.

“Once I start work I’ll be fo­cused on pay­ing off my small loan fast so I can start sav­ing for a house.”

The num­ber of Year 13 stu­dents ap­ply­ing for the Year 13 schol­ar­ship for de­gree study is grow­ing. Al­ready 138 stu­dents from Hawke’s Bay and Gis­borne sec­ondary schools have ap­plied for 2019, up from 125 in 2018.

The schol­ar­ship, which funds up to $7000 in fees, was in­tro­duced in 2004 to en­cour­age stu­dents to stay in Hawke’s Bay while still par­tic­i­pat­ing in high­qual­ity ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion but with less fi­nan­cial bur­den.

Now the Labour Gov­ern­ment of­fers feesfree study op­tions, the Year 13 schol­ar­ship can ap­ply to a sub­se­quent year of study, pro­vid­ing EIT de­gree stu­dents with two years of fee-free cour­ses.

“We have many first in fam­ily stu­dents tak­ing ad­van­tage of the schol­ar­ship,” says Sa­man­tha Potts, EIT li­ai­son ad­vi­sor who works closely with sec­ondary schools.

“While de­gree study may ap­peal, many are hes­i­tant be­cause of the worry of fi­nan­cial bur­den of study, and of study out­side the re­gion. The schol­ar­ship helps over­come some of that re­luc­tance.”

In 2019, nurs­ing and pri­mary teach­ing de­grees have ap­pealed to Year 13s with strong num­bers en­rolled. Viti­cul­ture and wine de­grees have grown in num­ber, while in­ter­est in busi­ness and com­put­ing de­grees have re­mained steady.

An­nah Cherry out­side Hawke’s Bay hospi­tal where she starts work in Jan­uary as a grad­u­ate ju­nior nurse.

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