More study—more money
22 May 2012
More study—more money
University study has paid off for students, who tonight were presented with Freemasons scholarships totalling $220,000. The A-grade students were handed their scholarships by the Rt. Hon. Sir Don McKinnon at Parliament’s Legislative Council Chamber (subs 22 May), with two students being graduates of his ‘alma mater’, Lincoln University, Rachel Grout (left) and Paula Charmley.
Seven post-graduate scholarships of $10,000 and 25 university scholarships of $6,000 were presented to 32 students from Auckland, AUT, Waikato, Massey, Victoria, Canterbury, Lincoln and Otago universities by the former Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand and past Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.
Over the last 34 years, Freemasons New Zealand has - through The Freemasons Charity - funded nearly $3.97 million in scholarships to 986 students, making it one of the country’s largest, privately-funded university scholarship programmes.
Addressing the students, Sir Don stressed the importance of education.
“In my travels to countries everywhere I can attest to people’s liberation through education. With education there are no boundaries, without it there is only a future shackled to poverty.”
Freemasons Grand Master Selwyn Cooper complimented parents and families of the scholarship recipients, all of whom are A-grade students with strong and active involvement in their communities.
“Without the encouragement and support of families, the success of these scholars might not have been so exceptional.
“We are all members of the one community and in our own way we all pull our weight and contribute. These are not the easiest of times, and many struggle in this global recession. But with a sound education, plans and ambitions, there is no doubting that a bright and exciting future beckons,” said Selwyn Cooper.
Speaking directly to the students, the Freemasons Grand Master also made a plea.
“Although I recognise the inevitable attraction for you to travel and to extend your research internationally, I plea that you never forget your homeland. I hope that in the fullness of time you return and further contribute to your community and country with skills and talents honed by overseas experience.”
NB: PG means scholar awarded a Post Graduate Scholarship ($10,000). All other scholarships are university scholarships ($6,000).
2012 Freemasons Charity University Scholarship Recipients
|University / Recipient||Hometown||Degree|
|Auckland University of Technology|
|Jordyn Dangen||Muriwai Beach, Auckland||Bachelor of Heath Science|
|University of Auckland|
|Jerry Gao||Royal Oak, Auckland||PhD in Bioengineering PG|
|Emily (An’an) Chai||Remuera, Auckland||Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
|Gretta Schumacher||Manurewa, Auckland||Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts|
|Mancy (Man Sze) Tong||Epsom, Auckland||Bachelor of Science (Honours)|
|Eve Waddington||Timaru||Bachelor of Science (Honours)|
|University of Waikato|
|Gail Hutcheson||Cambridge||PhD in Human Geography PG|
|Dayne Addenbrooke||Hillcrest, Hamilton||Bachelor of Engineering|
|Timothy Carpenter||Ohaupo, near Hamilton||Bachelor of Music|
|Hilary Max||Tauranga||Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Social Sciences|
|Danielle Tappin||Matamata||Bachelor of Management Studies (Honours)|
|Alison McKinlay||West Harbour, Auckland||PhD in Clinical Psychology PG|
|Teniah Howell||Masterton||Bachelor of Nursing|
|Kathleen Paris||Hillcrest, Hamilton||Postgraduate Diploma in Science|
|Giverny Smith||Tauranga||Bachelor of Business|
|Emily Wilkinson||Rotorua||Bachelor of Aviation Management|
|Victoria University of Wellington|
|Joshua Foster||Havelock North||Master in Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience PG|
|Dane Aronsen||Bucklands Beach, Auckland||Bachelor of Science (Honours)|
|Katherine Bray||Lower Hutt||Bachelor of Science (Honours)|
|Thomas Gaynor||Wadestown, Wellington||Bachelor of Music (Honours)|
|Elizabeth Werry||Brooklyn, Wellington||Bachelor of Arts|
|Rachel Grout||Leeston, Christchurch||Master of Commerce PG|
|Paula Charmley||Mt Pleasant, Christchurch||Master of Commerce and Management|
|University of Canterbury|
|Helen Warburton||Papanui, Christchurch||PhD in Freshwater Ecology PG|
|James Bonifacio||Riccarton, Christchurch||Bachelor of Science (Honours)|
|Scott Thomas||Rotorua||Bachelor of Science (Honours)|
|Sam Wakelin||Leeston, Christchurch||Bachelor of Arts|
|University of Otago|
|Georgia Knowles||Dunedin||Postgraduate Diploma in Gender Studies PG|
|Louis Chambers||Roseneath, Wellington||Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts|
|James Mountier||Dunedin||Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce|
|Philip Pirie||Dunedin||Bachelor of Surveying|
|Anthony Riseley||Upper Riccarton, Christchurch||Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours)|