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Whanganui students honoured with scholarships

By UCOL on Monday, 17 July 2017

Arthur Wheeler Leedstown Trust Scholarship Recipients posing in front of a corflute frame at UCOL in Whanganui

15 UCOL students were recently presented with scholarships at a ceremony held on UCOL’s Whanganui campus.

The scholarships are awarded to students in recognition of effort and achievement, or to assist with financial hardship.

Bachelor of Design and Arts student Sonia Forsey received an H & A Print Scholarship, and says it was a huge boost to her confidence.

“It was really awesome. It validates the hard work and why you’re doing the course.”

“I’ve got a family with two small children, so this takes the pressure off.  My computer is broken so I’ll be able to get it fixed and pay some money off my student loan.” 

Scholarship donors this semester included Akoranga Education Trust, Arthur Wheeler Leedstown Trust, Belgravia Capital Ltd., Wanganui Education Trust, H & A Print, and a new donor, The Grand Hotel.

Whanganui Campus Manager says generosity of the scholarship donors makes a huge difference in the lives of the students. 

“They fully support UCOL not only through scholarships, but they’ve started to become advocates and employers for UCOL students and graduates. It completes that pathway of someone starting out studying and then moving onto employment.” 

“It’s wonderful to not only have donors, but donors who understand the challenges students face and the difference getting a scholarship makes.” 


Full list of Whanganui scholarship recipients:

Akoranga Education Trust Scholarship
Sarah Bolland (Bachelor of Design and Art)
Rachel Pirere (Bachelor of Nursing)

Arthur Wheeler Leedstown Trust Scholarship
Aaron McGregor (New Zealand Diploma in Business)
Leah Akkerman (Bachelor of Nursing)
Kylie Brown (Bachelor of Nursing)
James Middleton (Bachelor of Nursing)
Courtney Allen (New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing)

Belgravia Capital Ltd Scholarship
Emma van de Weert (Bachelor of Nursing)

The Grand Hotel Scholarship
Thomas Kereama (New Zealand Diploma in Cookery, Advanced)

H & A Print Scholarship
Paul Pert (Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design)
Sonia Forsey (Bachelor of Design and Art)

Rotary Clubs of Wanganui Scholarship
Claire Marara (Bachelor of Nursing)

Wanganui Education Trust Scholarship
Michele Higgs (Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design)
Waimarama Tairi-Bartlett (Bachelor of Nursing)
Linda Kealey (New Zealand Diploma in Business)


Pictured above: Recipients of the Arthur Wheeler Leedstown Trust Scholarship.

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