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Double scholarship recipient chasing artistic dreams

By UCOL on Tuesday, 02 November 2021

Faith Henare-Stewart

For Faith Henare-Stewart, receiving two UCOL | Te Pūkenga scholarships will help her pursue her dream of working as a multi-talented artist and passing on her creative skills.   

Henare-Stewart was one of 38 UCOL | Te Pūkenga students to receive scholarships at ceremonies held on the Manawatū campus recently. 

Henare-Stewart, who is studying towards her New Zealand Certificate in Music, was awarded a Soroptimist International Scholarship and the Fenton Te Rauparaha (Ralph) Flavell Memorial Scholarship - which is awarded to Māori students in their pursuit of education that pertains to the survival and revitalisation of Māori language and culture.

“I feel relieved to receive these scholarships and it feels like I have accomplished something amazing. These scholarships will help with my study fees and help me pursue my career and my passions,” says Henare-Stewart.

Henare-Stewart came to UCOL | Te Pūkenga this year after completing a Poutuarongo Toi Whakarākai (Raranga) - Bachelor of Design and Art (Weaving) at Te Wānanga o Raukawa. She has also taught Māori performing arts at schools and for a dance company. 

Henare-Stewart wants to continue to expand her creative talents, using them to showcase Māori performing arts to her community and express “true Māoridom in action” to young people. She also plans to study to become a teacher.  

“My main goal, every day of my life, is to make myself a bigger knowledge basket and never limit myself,” says Henare-Stewart.
The scholarship ceremonies also saw twenty-seven students receive Women in Trades Grants, a new scholarship initiative of $25,000 that was launched this year thanks to external benefactors. The grant aims to make trades accessible to more women, with the goal of increasing and retaining the number of women in trades. Mitre 10 Mega and Bunnings Warehouse also supported this initiative by ensuring the funding helped more students.  

UCOL | Te Pūkenga scholarship recipients
Overall, scholarship applications were particularly strong this year. There were so many high quality applications for the UCOL | Te Pūkenga Scholarship for Effort and Achievement that three scholarships were awarded for the full $1000.

UCOL | Te Pūkenga Scholarship Recipients

Andrew Cliff Award
  • Celone Tuka - Bachelor of Nursing
Colleen McPherson Memorial Grant
  • Aliesha Waru - Bachelor of Nursing
Fenton Te Rauparaha (Ralph) Flavell Memorial Scholarship
  • Faith Henare-Stewart - NZ Certificate in Music
Jaycee Trust Scholarship
  • Rupa Koirala - Bachelor of Nursing
  • Ali Muhammad Jawad - Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Wellness)
Graduate Women Manawatū UCOL | Te Pūkenga Award
  • Rupa Koirala - Bachelor of Nursing
  • Nicky Brizzell - Bachelor of Nursing
  • Talia Siddins - Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology)
Soroptimist International Scholarship
  • Hannah Devlin - NZ Certificate in Animal Technology
  • Faith Henare-Stewart - NZ Certificate in Music
UCOL | Te Pūkenga Scholarship for Effort and Achievement
  • Barbara Chau - NZ Diploma in Business
  • Kathy Bartlett - Bachelor of Nursing
  • Valerie-Lee Sisson - Bachelor of Nursing
Women in Trades Grant
  • Sarah-Lee Gurnick, Jahna Kamlade, Monique Munro - NZ Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory
  • Naoko Evans, Anna Khrinenko, Vitalina Shadrina, Jilaina Preston-Mckechnie - NZ Diploma in Architectural Technology
  • Ling Dong, Cheryl Miller, Anna Wilson, Nitisha Saraswat, Miriama Devries - NZ Diploma in Construction (Quantity Surveying)
  • Alissa Cruickshank, Lucy Scrivener, Elysia Hartley, Sophia Yoon - NZ Certificate in Creativity L4 / Diploma Fine Furniture
  • Poppy Winiata, Sarah Owen, Jenna Casey, Kui Kupa, Letisha Foley - NZ Certificate in Construction Trades Skills (Carpentry)
  • Tivinia Fonua, Arnaka Sharland, Amelia Buckle - NZ Certificate in Automotive Engineering
  • Minting Zhu, Shan Nyssen - NZ Certificate in Joinery
  • Rawinia Kaka - NZ Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting & Drainlaying (Pre-Apprenticeship)