Every year Rainbow Auckland and the GABA Charitable Trust offers the chance for young members of the LGBTI+ community to apply for scholarships which will help towards their first year of study.
This year, for the first time Westpac was proud to offer two scholarships valued at $3000 each.
Awardees must have shown academic excellence, be a leader in their local communities and be members of the LGBTI+ community.
Young leaders making a positive impact
This year the two Rainbow Auckland Westpac Scholarships have been awarded to Ethan Morse and Finnlay Allerston. They are both high achieving academically and are leaders in their local LGBTI+ communities.
Ethan Morse has been the Head Boy at Katikati College and led the formation of the school’s LGBTI+ support group. When the Orlando shooting happening in June, he organised, promoted and led a pride march through the streets of Tauranga in support of those who lost their lives.
Ethan will be attending Victoria University in Wellington next year and is planning to study English and Drama.
Finnlay Allerston attended Logan Park High School in Dunedin where he set up the school’s diversity support group. As a strong, proud and confident member of the LGBTI+ community, Finnlay saw this as an opportunity to help others who are not as confident find a place where they can feel safe and supported.
Finnlay and his boyfriend were also voted as cutest couple at the school formal in 2014, 2015 and in 2016 even though his boyfriend was overseas in Europe and had to be present as a cardboard cut-out.
Candice Collier, the Mentor for the Westpac GLOBAL, presented the Scholarships at the Rainbow Auckland event in on Wednesday night and said that “Westpac has a very strong focus on developing young talent and we are very proud of both Ethan and Finnlay.
"I’m personally excited to see what they go on to achieve and welcome them into the Westpac family.”