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Kiwis With Attitude Encouraged To Apply For AMP Scholarships


AMP is encouraging talented New Zealanders to apply for a 2001 AMP Scholarship.
AMP Managing Director John Drabble said the scholarships are open to people of any age and background who can demonstrate that they have the ability and attitude to succeed in their chosen field.

“AMP is looking for local people with a ‘can do’ attitude to apply for a scholarship. We’ve deliberately kept the criteria for the scholarships as wide as possible to encourage anyone with a goal and a ‘go get it’ attitude to apply.

“Having a dream or goal isn’t something restricted to young people or just to people with sporting or artistic talent. We hope the scholarships will encourage people with a passion for achieving their goals to come forward and share their vision and plans for the future with the rest of the country and their community.”

This is the third year of the AMP Scholarship programme. Over the past two years, AMP has awarded over $230,000 worth of scholarships to 25 New Zealanders ranging from filmmakers to opera singers, scientists to debators, wheelchair rugby players to racing drivers.

1999 AMP Scholarship recipient and champion cyclist Mark Inglis said the scholarship made all the difference to him achieving his goals. Mark applied for an AMP Scholarship to help him to develop a lower limb prosthesis specifically designed for cycling in international competitions. Mark used the new prosthesis at the Sydney Paralympics last year where he won a silver medal in the kilometre time trial.

“The AMP Scholarship had a major part to play in my success at Sydney; in fact, I don’t think I would have even qualified for the Paralympics without it. The new legs that were designed and built with AMP’s support allowed me to train longer and harder, and gave me a real competitive edge when racing.”

Mark encourages others with a real passion to reach their goals to apply for a scholarship. “Achieving your dreams requires more than hard work and dedication – you need support. The AMP Scholarships provide the ‘tools’ to help you go after your goals and can remove some of the barriers to achieving them.”

Mr Drabble said the scholarships aim to assist talented New Zealanders to achieve their dreams. “At AMP, one of our goals is to assist the customers we work with to have the life they want through planning and thinking ahead. We also recognise that working towards a goal can be a hard and sometimes lonely pursuit.

“Through the scholarship programme we hope to support kiwi talent and to nurture our sporting, arts, business, community and science champions of the future. We also hope our scholarship winners will inspire other New Zealanders to live their dreams.”
Mr Drabble said AMP is offering ten one year scholarships worth $3000 and two premium scholarships worth up to $20,000 over two years. Applications close on 30 April and application packs are available by calling 0800 AMP GO4IT (0800 26 74 64) or from the AMP website www.amp.co.nz.

For more information contact:
AMP Sponsorship Manager Jon Slack, Phone 04-498-8433, Mobile 021-650-384

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