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Student effort and achievement recognised

By UCOL on Tuesday, 01 December 2015

Palmerston North UCOL scholarship ceremony

​A range of programme areas were represented at the UCOL 2015 Semester Two Scholarships and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday where six awards were presented to nine recipients.

Students studying across Science, ICT, Beauty, Engineering, Nursing, Cookery and Baking programmes picked up awards at the event in the UCOL Palmerston North Atrium.

UCOL Acting Director Student Experience Team Sharon Jolliffe says it is thanks to the generosity of organisations, stakeholders and families that UCOL is able to offer scholarships to students.

"A scholarship can make a significant different in a students' life and it is wonderful to be able to come together to recognise the effort and achievement of our students and celebrate their successes."

A large number of applications of a very high standard were received.

The UCOL Scholarship for Effort and Achievement went to Palmerston North-based second year Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology) student Shreya Gupta. Shreya came to New Zealand from India in 2010 to study internationally and has since gained permanent residence.

Third year Medical Imaging Technology student Moana Tipene was given the Ralph Flavell Scholarship, which was established to encourage and assist Māori students in their pursuit of a higher level of learning that pertains to the survival and revitalisation of the Māori language and culture.

Certificate in Science and Health student Alison Durrant of Palmerston North picked up the Colleen McPherson Scholarship, which provides financial help to a student who has a disability.

The Soroptimist Scholarship was presented by Nan Kinross, and Liz Easton from Soroptimist International Palmerston North. The scholarship takes into consideration the applicant's personal history, academic merit, interest in community affairs, financial circumstances and plans for the future. It went to Palmerston North second year Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology student Alison MacKenzie.

UCOL High Achievers Awards went to Palmerston North students Aimee Jones, Diploma in Beauty Therapy; Thomas Wilson, New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical) (Power Specialisation); and Tiffany Jensen, Bachelor of Nursing.

The first ever recipients of the Paul McElroy Trades Scholarship were: Amour Tapatu, studying the Certificate in Professional Cookery on the Palmerston North campus; and Kathryn Russell, completing the New Zealand Certificate in Baking at Whanganui UCOL.