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David Close awards for 2005

July 1 2005

David Close awards for 2005 made by Christchurch City Council

Students in recreation management, environmental management and arts and law are the winners of this year's David Close study awards from the Christchurch City Council.

The 2005 award winners are Rachel Boon, a first-year student in recreation management at Lincoln University, Joseph Harrison, who is studying towards a Batchelor of Environmental Management at Lincoln University and Sarah Berry from University of Canterbury who is studying towards a double degree in Arts and Law.

The awards are worth up to $6000 a year, to cover the costs of up to four years study for each student at either Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT), Canterbury or Lincoln universities.

They are for study in subjects which are relevant to a career in local government. One of the Council's aims in setting up the awards was to create a form of cadetship - a launch pad for a career in public service - and where possible, award recipients are being offered holiday work and a job at the council when their studies are complete.

Rachel Boon says that it is an honour to be recognised. "In the long-term I am looking at using my qualifications in Local Government. I am interested in getting into the recreation side of Council's work."

David Close retired in 2001 after 23 years as a city councillor. Council set up the awards to give lasting recognition to his contribution to the city.

The selection criteria of the award includes the relevance of a students chosen course to future employment in Local Government, the challenges a student faces entering an educational institute and the likelihood they will achieve in their chosen field.

* The awards are open to New Zealand citizens or permanent residents who have lived in the city for at least a year and have not done full-time tertiary study before. Applications are made through the scholarship offices of the three tertiary institutions, before 31 January each year.


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