UCOL Whanganui awards scholarships twice a year to help students cover study and living costs.
Scholarship applicants were assessed on their academic achievements, effort, future plans, character, financial situation, and how they contribute to UCOL and their community.
UCOL Whanganui campus manager Bronwyn Paul says the selection panel received many high quality applications, making it difficult to choose the scholarship recipients.
“It was really hard to pick the recipients because all of the applicants’ grades were really good, and they all had unique stories.”
Paul says scholarships play a big part in helping students achieve their academic goals.
“It’s easy to assume that all students have laptops and other equipment that helps with their studies, but that’s not the case. Sometimes a scholarship is the difference between a student being able to afford a laptop or not.”
“These scholarships are really important to our students. A lot of them ask throughout the year what scholarships they can apply for.”
The scholarships were donated by Akoranga Education Trust, Arthur Wheeler Leedstown Trust, George Bolton Trust, and The Grand Hotel.
Security student Adrian Takiari says he was overwhelmed to receive an Akoranga Education Trust Scholarship
“I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be the recipient of a scholarship. This opportunity will help me pursue my career.”
Adrian says his scholarship money will help him cover stationary costs and a trip to Wellington Airport for CCTV training.
Once he finishes his studies, Adrian’s goal is to work as a security officer for First Security.
A moment of silence was held in remembrance of long-time scholarship donor Ed Boyd, who passed away in September. Through his business H&A Print, Boyd donated scholarships to Whanganui students for nearly 40 years.
Arthur Wheeler Leedstown Trust Scholarships
Trinity Rowe - NZ Diploma in Business
Kristine Lott - Bachelor of Design and Arts
George Bolton Trust Scholarship
Amie Simpson – Bachelor of Design and Arts
The Grand Hotel Scholarship
Kassia Jones – NZ Certificate in Baking
Akoranga Education Trust Scholarships
Diana Tamaniyaga – Bachelor of Nursing
Taylor Head – Bachelor of Nursing
Fiona Te Haara – Bachelor Nursing
Tracey Grant – Bachelor of Nursing
Kyle Knox – NZ Certificate in Automotive Engineering
Lucas Waiariki – NZ Certificate in Music
Carla-moana Thompson – NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Health Pathway)
Adrian Takiari – National Certificate n Security (Site Management)
Lauriel Masson-Oakden - Bachelor of Design and Arts
Joann (Jody) Edmonds – NZ Diploma in Arts and Design
Taylor Chadfield – NZ Certificate in Food and Beverage