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University Scholarships for Rural Students

Rural Communities Trust - University Scholarships for Rural Students

The Rural Communities Trust and Transpower NZ Ltd have announced the Transpower Tertiary Scholarship grants for rural students for 2004.

The grants are to assist young people from rural areas seeking tertiary qualifications and can be used for a range of student's tertiary expenses.

Trust Chairman Denis Hazlett said: "The Trust recognises that the extra travel and distance from family that rural students face can be a barrier to tertiary education and feedback from past recipients indicates that this funding makes a real difference for the students.”

The total awarded this year to the seven recipients is $10,000, with individual grants of between $1,000 and $1,500.

The successful students are: Tracey Anderson, Eltham - Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Business; Caleb Hill, Taupiri - Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy); Julia Newton, Urenui. Bachelor of Physiotherapy; Rikishon Roberts, Oxford - Bachelor of Information & Communication Technologies; Jeremy Stevens, Makauri - Bachelor of Engineering Technology; Jacqueline White, Gisborne - Bachelor of Commerce & Administration; Rebecca Willy, Eltham - Bachelor of Arts.

Successful applicants must be from a rural background, have a proven academic record, a commitment to study, and successfully demonstrate an ability to balance study with sport or recreation.

Transpower is the owner and operator of the national electricity transmission grid and is committed to a range of programmes aimed at promoting the electrical engineering profession which is necessary to manage a world class electricity power system. Preference therefore is generally given to students studying electrical engineering.

Information and application forms for 2005 tertiary scholarships are available from the secretary. Applications will close on 31 January 2005.

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