Freemasons give, scholars receive
10 May 2017
Freemasons give, scholars receive
Completing their university degrees, 29 of the country’s top students have today (subs 10 May) been awarded Freemasons scholarships totalling $202,000. Distinguished Professor, neuroscientist and Freemason Sir Richard Faull presented the scholarships in Parliament’s Legislative Council Chamber.
Nine postgraduate students were awarded a total of $82,000 and 20 university students a total of $120,000. The students are from AUT, Auckland, Waikato, Massey, Victoria, Canterbury, Lincoln and Otago universities.
Freemasons Grand Master Mark Winger said the occasion was one to celebrate.
“Our scholarship programme is now in its 39th year and is the largest privately funded such programme in the country. During this time it has awarded 1,134 of the country’s top students over $5 million in university and postgraduate scholarships.
“It is based upon recognising scholastic achievement and rewarding recipients for their involvement in their local communities—qualities we all admire and need to celebrate, which we do not do often enough in this country.”
Mr Winger also noted that the charitable activities of Freemasons extend beyond these scholarships.
“Each year New Zealand society benefits from Freemasons around the country—and through their bequests—to the tune of some $10 million. Among those we support are iconic organisations such as the Order of St John, the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind and the Royal Society of New Zealand, as well as long-term medical research programmes at Auckland and Otago universities.
“We also administer a number of charitable trusts set up over the years by Freemasons—from all walks of life—who are keen to make a contribution to education, making a difference now that will influence the community and country in a positive way in the future.”
Mr Winger announced the Lawson-Smith Freemasons Education Trust. The Trust provides $40,000 each year in scholarships to veterinary students studying at Massey University. Today one Veterinary Technology student and four Veterinary Science students received inaugural scholarships.
Freemasons Charity University Scholarship
|Auckland University of Technology|
|Christopher Griffiths||Melons Bay, Auckland||Master of Philosophy PG|
|Adam Szentes||St Johns, Auckland||Bachelor of Communication Studies|
|University of Auckland|
|Alan Cameron||Mission Bay, Auckland||PhD in Chemistry PG|
|Johann Go||Lower Hutt||Bachelor of Health Sciences and Bachelor of Arts|
|Charles Norton||Nelson||Bachelor of Engineering|
|Jessica Patterson||Pakuranga, Auckland||Bachelor of Science|
|University of Waikato|
|Rebecca Yeates||Whakatane||Master of Science PG|
|Matthew House||Matamata||Bachelor of Science|
|Ellen Plumtree||Patea, Taranaki||Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)|
|Bal Timilsina||Hamilton||Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)|
|Christopher Muller||Auckland||PhD in Veterinary Science and Ecology PG|
|Callum Hill||Palmerston North||Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Science|
|Adeel Surendran||Avondale, Auckland||Bachelor of Veterinary Science|
|Api Taiapa||Gisborne||Master of Arts|
|Victoria University of Wellington|
|Jessica Russell||Newtown, Wellington||Master of Science PG|
|Sarah Stevenson||Johnsonville, Wellington||Master of Science PG|
|Danielle Lindsay||Newtown, Wellington||Master of Science|
|Nathanael Walker-Hale||Highbury, Wellington||Bachelor of Science (Honours)|
|Gerard Whaanga||Houghton Bay, Wellington||Bachelor of Arts|
|Steffan Kraberger||Akaroa||Master of Landscape Architecture PG|
|Kimberley Whitwell||Oxford, Canterbury||Bachelor of Environment and Society|
|University of Canterbury|
|Alice Ansley||Christchurch||Master of Arts PG|
|Kendall Lattin||Christchurch||Master of Policy and Governance|
|George Moon||Burnside, Christchurch||Bachelor of Arts (Honours)|
|Olivia Shimasaki||Harewood, Christchurch||Bachelor of Arts (Honours)|
|University of Otago|
|Sean Boult||Beach Haven, Auckland||Master of Science PG|
|Shaun Markham||Sawyers Bay, Dunedin||Master of Economics|
|Mika Smith||Newtown, Wellington||Bachelor of Science|
|Charlotte Steel||Dunedin||Bachelor of Science (Honours)|
PG means the
scholar is awarded a Postgraduate Scholarship of
All other scholars are awarded University Scholarships of $6,000.
Note: This year Victoria University of
Wellington has two postgraduate scholars. Both candidates
were deemed worthy recipients. As one had already received a
full scholarship from another funder, she has been awarded
the maximum allowable of $6,000. The selection committee
obtained additional funding to enable the awarding of an
additional postgraduate scholarship of the same value.