Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust has announced the recipients of the 2017 tertiary study scholarships.
The school leaver’s scholarships have awarded four Māori students from across Aotearoa $5,000 towards their study costs for 2018.
Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust was established to promote, develop, and provide for the education and advancement of Māori within the banking, finance, and general business industries.
The scholarships set out to acknowledge diversity and leadership, with recipients being both Tāne and Wāhine and from throughout Te Waka-a-Māui – the waka of Māui (South Island) and Te Ika-a-Māui - the fish of Māui (North Island).
Karen Silk, Westpac General Manager Commercial, Corporate and Institutional and a Trustee of the Trust, was very impressed with the quality of applications that came through.
“Every year we are impressed with the applications that we receive, this year was no exception. The applications were of high quality and the judging panel were particularly impressed with the recipient’s leadership and involvement in their school and community”.
The Trustees (Karen, Steve Atkinson - Head of Specialists and Fonteyn Moses Te Kani – Head of Strategic Relationships – Māori & Iwi) were also moved by the applicants’ obvious passion for wanting to ‘give back’ to their community once they graduate.
The 2017 Recipients:
Name: Johannah Katene-Burge
Iwi Affiliation: Ngāti Toa Rangatira
Secondary School: Kāpiti College
Intended area of tertiary study for 2018: Bachelors of Management Studies with Honors, University of Waikato
Name: Nikorima Te Iwi Ngaro Nuttall
Iwi Affiliation: Raukawa
Secondary School: Ngā Taiātea Wharekura
Intended area of tertiary study for 2018: Bachelor of Law, Waikato University
Name: Tahua Pihema
Iwi Affiliation: Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Ngāti Whātua, Kai Tahu, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui
Secondary School: Gisborne Girls High School
Intended area of tertiary study for 2018: Conjoint degree in Law and Commerce, Victoria University of Wellington
Name: Maxwell Thompson
Iwi Affiliation: Te Ātiawa, Ngai Tahu, Rangitāne
Secondary School: Queen Charlotte College
Intended area of tertiary study for 2018: Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Literature conjoint with Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Management and Human Resources Management, Victoria University of Wellington
Westpac will also support the scholarship recipients with the opportunity to consider work experience during their holidays while they complete their degree.