Waikato farmer’s legacy to ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion

Waipa Post - - The Country -

Te Awa­mutu Col­lege year 13 stu­dent El­yse Flem­ing heads to the Univer­sity of Waikato next year to start her Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence de­gree with a schol­ar­ship from the David John­stone Char­i­ta­ble Trust.

El­yse joins a group of 22 stu­dents who this year re­ceived $6000 each from the trust to as­sist their stud­ies thanks to the gen­eros­ity and fore­sight of Waikato farmer, the late David John­stone.

He har­boured a life­long wish to have a bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion, so he formed the trust with a vi­sion to pro­vide fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to de­serv­ing stu­dents, es­pe­cially those who might not oth­er­wise have the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand their knowl­edge and reach higher aca­demic achieve­ments.

Now in its 23rd year of mak­ing schol­ar­ships avail­able to stu­dents be­gin­ning their ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion, the trust con­tin­ues to demon­strate how im­por­tant tai­lored wealth man­age­ment is to sus­tain­able phil­an­thropic giv­ing.

The trust is man­aged by Per­pet­ual Guardian and has dis­trib­uted close to $5 mil­lion to 600 Waikato school leavers to sup­port their ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion in the fields of sci­ence, en­gi­neer­ing, teach­ing and tech­nol­ogy.

The 22 re­cip­i­ents this year are un­der­tak­ing Univer­sity of Waikato sci­ence de­grees, in­clud­ing Bach­e­lors of Sci­ence, En­gi­neer­ing, Com­put­ing and Math­e­mat­i­cal Sci­ence; Univer­sity of Waikato Bach­e­lor of Teach­ing and Waikato In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy gen­eral stud­ies, in­clud­ing Bach­e­lors of Nurs­ing, Oc­cu­pa­tion Ther­apy, Mid­wifery and En­gi­neer­ing.

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Waikato farmer, the late David John­stone, who set up a char­i­ta­ble trust which has as­sisted hun­dreds of stu­dents into ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

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