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Mike Pero Mortgages Announces Scholarship Winners

Media release, Monday 6 November 2006

Mike Pero Mortgages Announces Scholarship Winners

A Wellington high school student has a $10,000 head start to his tertiary education after being named the overall winner of the 2007 Scholarship Programme, which is part of the Mike Pero Mortgages Foundation.

Christopher Blackford, who is in his final year of study at Bishop Viard College in Wellington, was awarded the $10,000 tertiary scholarship, which he will put towards his Bachelor of Science in biotechnology at Victoria University.

The Mike Pero Mortgages Foundation had only planned to award one scholarship this year but due to the high calibre of applications, two additional scholarships of $2500 have been awarded. These were Devon Latoa of Waitakere City, Auckland and Tamara Poi of Timaru.

Mike Pero Mortgages Chief Executive Jeff Staniland says the selection panel was very impressed by the high standard of applications, given the scholarship was only launched this year.

“Christopher, Devon and Tamara are three very talented individuals both academically and culturally. As well as this they are all committed to giving something back to the community which was also a very important component in our final selection process.

“The aim of the Mike Pero Mortgages Foundation and the Scholarship Programme is to encourage young New Zealanders, with goals and aspirations, to reach their full potential in their chosen area of study.

“We are committed to continuing to achieve this goal, over coming years, especially given the reception that we received first time round.”

The Scholarship Programme was a nationwide initiative open to all New Zealand citizens, aged between 17 and 25, embarking on their first year of tertiary study.

It was the first programme launched by the recently formulated Mike Pero Foundation, which has been created by the company to deliver programmes that will benefit the community.

Applicants were required to complete an application form detailing their academic, cultural and community achievements and interests as well as their intended course of study and why they had chosen it.


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