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Memorial Bursary available for Environmental Studies

Monday 26 February 2018

Memorial Bursary available for Environmental Studies students

Applications will open this Thursday for Horizons Regional Council’s Don Linklater Memorial Bursary awarded to tertiary students studying in areas relevant to Horizons’ work.

The Don Linklater Memorial Bursary was established to honour the contribution made to the region by the late Don Linklater, who was Horizons chairman from 1989 to 2000.

This year’s bursary is worth up to $3,000 per year for up to three years and aims to support students studying at either undergraduate or post-graduate level.

Students can be studying either internally or extramurally, however must be studying subjects such as resource management, environmental planning, and environmental engineering and modelling with particular emphasis on river and drainage basin dynamics.

Horizons chairman Bruce Gordon says the bursary is a fantastic way of supporting students while contributing to the environmental work Horizons undertakes.

“These students are the future of environmental management in our Region and supporting them in their study, contributes to investing in the future management of our natural resources,” Mr Gordon says.

2016’s recipient Delilah McIntyre received the Bursary in her third and fourth years of studying towards a Bachelor of Environmental Planning at the University of Waikato.

“I am so grateful for the freedom it gave me, and am proud that I was able to finish at the top of my course, due to the time and commitment I could put into my studies,” says Ms McIntyre.

“I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the field of planning, but also being able to gain insight from political studies and cultural geography, to start to understand more about how people interact with the environment, and government’s role in managing and protection our resources.

“With the success I had at university, I was able to secure a job in the planning field in a resource consenting role, so that I am now contributing to the management of New Zealand’s precious resources.

“I also appreciated being invited to visit Horizons’ when I received the bursary, and network with the staff and councillors there to gain a bit more insight into governance and resource management from their perspective.”

To be eligible applicants must be New Zealand citizens or residents and plan to study full-time university study in 2018. They must also be from the Horizons region, however may study outside of the region.

Anyone interested in applying for the Don Linklater Memorial Bursary can get an application form from www.horizons.govt.nz, Horizons Regional Council office in Palmerston North or by calling free phone 0508 800 800.

Applications must be received no later than 8am 3 April 2018.

The Bursary recipient will be selected by a panel of Horizons representatives made up of councillors and staff. Short listed applicants will then meet with the selection panel.

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