Legacy scholarships awarded to lucky four

Posted on 2016-01-14 by W McD

An Edgecumbe College student is among four lucky high school students to have won inaugural Rosemary Johnson scholarships. They provide the students with $2500 toward full-time study at Waiariki Institute of Technology. The successful recipients are Justin Capstick from Edgecumbe College, Chelsea Trepels, Putaruru College, Sophi Low, Western Heights High School, and Simranjit Kaur Lidher, Tauranga Girls’ College, who will join Waiariki campuses across the region for semester one in 2016.

These young people are the first recipients of a new scholarship programme for high school students dual enrolled to study at Waiariki and Bay of Plenty Trades Academy, a government initiative that began in 2010. Through the programme, high school students study one or two days per week at their local Waiariki campus. The scholarship for senior academy students was created by Waiariki in August to continue the legacy left behind by its namesake, one of the institute’s most dedicated staff members and the key driver, developer and manager of the academy.

In their last year of high school, Chelsea, Sophi, Simranjit and Justin spent two days a week at Waiariki. They are now well versed in the ways of tertiary study and feel prepared for their next level of study. Justin will undertake a Culinary Arts programme leading to the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (level 4) at Waiariki’s Whakatane campus. All the students say they are grateful for the financial advantage the scholarships will provide. A few also said the award had motivated them to do their best at Waiariki.