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Millions in scholarships for top students

20 May 2014

Millions in scholarships for top students

University study has paid off for 30 students, who today were presented with Freemasons scholarships totalling $208,000. Sir Ray Avery GNZM handed the A-grade students their scholarships in Parliament’s Legislative Council Chamber (subs 20 May).

Nine postgraduate students were awarded a total of $82,000 and 21 university students a total of $126,000. The students are from AUT and Auckland, Waikato, Massey, Victoria, Canterbury, Lincoln and Otago universities.

For the last 36 years, Freemasons New Zealand—through The Freemasons Charity—has funded nearly $4.42 million in scholarships to 1,051 students. Its privately funded university scholarship programme is one of New Zealand’s largest.

When addressing the students, Sir Ray Avery, pharmaceutical scientist, inventor and social entrepreneur, stressed how important it is to always rally talented people.

“No one is as clever as all of us. All great leaders mobilise the skills of everyone into powerful tools to overcome the impossible.”

Freemasons Grand Master John Litton congratulated parents and families of the scholarship recipients. All recipients are actively involved in volunteering and supporting people in their networks and communities. Yet they still manage to achieve consistent excellent academic results. As Mr Litton stated:

“As Freemasons, we see one of the benefits of education being a greater tolerance of other people’s views and opinions. Already you have shown this to be so.”

2014 Freemasons Charity University Scholarship Recipients

University/RecipientHometownDegree
Auckland University of Technology
Tim PrattCrown Hill, AucklandPhD in Management | PG
Brittany Olsen-VernerMangere, AucklandBachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy)
University of Auckland
Cameron EllisShirley, ChristchurchMasters of Science in Psychology | PG
Elisabeth BoltonTe AwamutuBachelor of Science (Honours)
Samuel BookmanRemuera, AucklandBachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Andrew McIndoeKelburn, WellingtonBachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
University of Waikato
Karen HoughtonTaupoPhD in Microbiology | PG
Anthony BakerTaumarunuiMaster of Business Management
Lindi EngelbrechtRototuna, HamiltonBachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Alana ScottTirauBachelor of Business Management
Massey University
Krista HupmanAlbany, AucklandPhD in Natural Sciences | PG
Byron BrooksDevonport, AucklandBachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Ashleigh ClarkFeildingBachelor of Business Studies
Nigel EspieWhangaparaoa, AucklandBachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business Studies
Phillipa WebbGisbornePostgraduate Diploma in Journalism
Victoria University of Wellington
Taylor HughsonThorndon, WellingtonMaster of Arts in English Literature | PG*
Laura KranzRemuera, AucklandMaster of Science in Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience | PG*
Juliet BullEpsom, AucklandBachelor of Laws (Honours)
Dylan ChambersJohnsonville, WellingtonBachelor of Arts (Honours)
Brontë JefferiesNew PlymouthBachelor of Arts (Honours)
Lincoln University
Nirajmohan ShivaperumalAwapuni, Palmerston NorthPhD in Food Microbiology | PG
Catherine MountierRollestonBachelor of Science (Honours)
University of Canterbury
Samuel WakelinLeeston, ChristchurchMaster of Arts | PG
Nicholas AllanHawarden, North CanterburyMaster of Science and Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology
Simona SeizovaWainoni, ChristchurchBachelor of Science (Honours)
Helena TrollopeIlam, ChristchurchBachelor of Science
University of Otago
Gareth ReesCaversham, DunedinPhD in Public Health | PG
Anna Hoek SimsSt Clair, DunedinBachelor of Arts (double Honours)
Lucy SulzbergerNgaio, WellingtonBachelor of Medical Science (Honours)
Jennifer WalkerBucklands Beach, AucklandBachelor of Medicine

PG means scholar awarded a Post Graduate Scholarship ($10,000).
PG* As these students are recipients of full scholarships, they have each been awarded the maximum allowable amount of $6,000.
All other scholarships are university scholarships ($6,000).

ENDS

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