Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

Engineering students awarded RMTU scholarships


18 May 2018

Two young students with a passion for engineering have been awarded Ernest William File scholarships for 2018.

Eighteen-year-old Hannah Hudson (Christchurch) and Anton Rufer (Tirau) have been awarded $2000 each towards their first year of study at the University of Canterbury. The scholarship supports the sons and daughters of members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) in their first year of a degree at a New Zealand university.

Hannah was last year Dux at Cashmere High School where she studied physics, geography, calculus, chemistry and mathematics. She also completed 60 points towards a degree at the University of Canterbury as part of its STAR programme, including two papers on Antarctica.

She is now studying towards a Bachelor of Engineering, majoring in natural resources engineering.

“I have always been fascinated with how the world works, says Hannah. “Natural resources engineering allows me to combine this interest with my passion for problem solving and the natural environment. I see an engineering programme as a way of developing my ability to grapple with some of the most important issues of our time.”

Problem solving has long been an interest for Hannah, who has been involved as a competitor, coach and evaluator with Future Problem Solving New Zealand, winning the international title for her division in 2016. An effective communicator, Hannah has spoken at many large public events since she was 14 years old, including TEDxChristchurch.

Sporting interests and dance have also been a large part of Hannah’s life. She has achieved advanced diplomas in ballet and original jazz dancing, completed a 21-day Outward Bound course, and is learning to surf and ski. As well as the Ernest William File scholarship, Hannah has received undergraduate entrance, Dux and AIM scholarships from the University of Canterbury, a Kiwirail scholarship and an NZQA scholarship monetary award.

Also studying engineering at the University of Canterbury is Anton Rufer, who is majoring in mechatronics or software engineering. “Engineering is a subject I have been passionate about from a young age,” says Anton. “I enjoy being creative and solving problems, so I aim to get a job that involves these aspects of my personality and puts my study of engineering into practice, as well as some hands-on work and a bit of a challenge.”

Anton is also a keen sportsman, particularly in rowing and football. He has been a member of the Rotorua Rowing Club and represented his school at numerous regattas including the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Regatta (Maadi) and played football both for John Paul College and Rotorua United Football Club. Anton also received a Kiwirail scholarship this year.

The Ernest William File Scholarship was established in 1978 by members of the New Zealand Locomotive Engineers' Association as a tribute to Ernest William File, the retiring General Secretary of the Association at the time. The scholarship was adopted and expanded by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union and extended to all members.

The scholarship is administered by Universities New Zealand which manages over 40 scholarships.

More information is available at https://www.universitiesnz.ac.nz/scholarships/ernest-william-file-scholarship

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Facebook Announces New Changes: Combating Hate And Extremism

Some of these changes predate the tragic terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, but that attack, and the global response to it in the form of the Christchurch Call to Action, has strongly influenced the recent updates to our policies and their enforcement. More>>

Amazon Confirms: Lord Of The Rings Series To Shoot In NZ

Amazon Studios announced today that its series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic fantasy novels The Lord of the Rings will shoot in New Zealand. Pre-production has started, and production on the series will begin in Auckland in the coming months. More>>

ALSO:

Birds: Dunedin's Bells Ring As City Celebrates Its Albatross

The city's churches, schools and public buildings bells would chime in unison from 1pm, in what has been a long-standing tradition marking the return of the birds - and a farewell to this season's albatross chicks. More>>

Oscar Buzz: Waititi's Jojo Rabbit Wins People's Choice Award At Toronto

Taika Waititi's new film Jojo Rabbit has nabbed the coveted Grolsch People's Choice Award at the close of Toronto International Film Festival. More>>

ALSO:

Broken Estate: An Expat Expert Surveys Our Media

Melanie Bunce cut her teeth in journalism at the Otago Daily Times. Now she teaches and researches it at one of the UK’s most prestigious journalism schools and tracks the trends that shape the uncertain future of news... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland