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Applications Open for Scholarship Supporting Maori Students

Applications are now open for the Te Ara a Kupe Beaton Scholarship, the only scholarship in the country that supports Maori secondary students looking to gain admission into the top global universities. Now in its third year, the scholarship will be awarded to five Maori high school students to help them achieve their academic dreams – whether that be to study Medicine at the University of Auckland, or Computer Science at Stanford.

The scholarship is provided by Crimson Education and was established to encourage young Maori students to embark on a journey to discover their greatest potential on the global stage. It also pays homage to the adventurous spirit of Kupe, a tribal warrior who journeyed to discover New Zealand, evoking the same bold spirit displayed by so many young Maori students. Each of the five recipients will receive personalised mentoring and education services worth $20,000 to help them apply for and receive acceptance into their desired university.

Last year’s scholarship recipients hailed from New Plymouth, Rotorua, Tauranga and Auckland. Three examples of the success of last year’s recipients include Adelaide Campbell (Spotswood College), who is currently at Otago University preparing to study dentistry, Anais Magner (Aquinas College), who has gained an incredible scholarship to Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and Isabella Miriama Ngaire Ashby (Western Springs College), who has been successfully elected to the board of trustees at her school and is currently planning a trip to attend a course at NASA in 2020.

Anais explains: “Since receiving this scholarship, I have gone on to receive both NCEA level 2 and 3 with Excellence endorsements and was a part of the Crimson Harvard and Yale Model UN delegation held earlier this year.”

“The Te Ara a Kupe Beaton Scholarship has helped me to receive an 80% scholarship to Mount Holyoke College, the oldest institution in the female equivalent of the Ivy League, the Seven Sisters. I will also become a member of the Mount Holyoke swim team come fall. 2019 has been an amazing year for me so far. My scholarship to Mount Holyoke College is fantastic and I owe it all to the Crimson team and the Te Ara a Kupe Beaton Scholarship.”

Adelaide comments: “Since being awarded the Te Ara a Kupe Beaton Scholarship, I have begun my first year studying health science at the University of Otago with my aim being a degree in Dentistry as a professional course, or a Bachelor of Science majoring in psychology.

“Starting university was a major challenge for me academically as the workload increased substantially from my high school studies. But I have had incredible support from Crimson Education, not just academically but personally as they have guided me through challenges and helped me thrive in all aspects of my life at Otago.

“All of my tutors have worked around my needs to offer me the best resources and tutoring available. The friendly nature of the team has allowed me to settle in as a University student and helped me overcome challenges throughout the year.”

Isabella adds: “I feel very lucky to have been a recipient of the Te Ara A Kupe Beaton scholarship in 2018. Since then I have been mainly focusing on my studies, and dedicating my remaining time to various competitions and extracurricular activities.

“Recent highlights among these include being elected to my school’s board of trustees, fundraising to attend a course at NASA in 2020, and representing my school in debating, Epro8 and Manu Korero. I have also attended a week long Kura Reo and a hands-on archaeology course at Otago University.

“This scholarship has been invaluable to me in securing success in these endeavors, as it has allowed me to remedy any issues I encounter with help from knowledgeable individuals all around the world - whereas I once would've been forced to navigate these mazes alone. In the future, I aim to study medicine overseas. I'd like to thank the Crimson team for all their help so far, and for their help to come over the next two years.”

Crimson Education specialises in helping students navigate the complex admission and application processes to global top ranking universities. They do this by equipping their students with a personalised support team that matches their goals, interests and aptitude.

Crimson Education CEO and Co-founder Jamie Beaton, who established the scholarship program in 2017, says that he is excited to see the applications that this year’s entries will bring.

“The Te Ara a Kupe Beaton Scholarship provides an important opportunity to celebrate Maori secondary students who have ambition to realise their greatest potential, as exceptional leaders, academic performers, innovators and community members,” says Beaton.

“Last year’s scholarship recipients each demonstrated incredible grit, self-motivation and a desire to make a positive impact within the Maori community and on the world stage as they looked towards their university education and future careers. Three of the five finalists expressed a passion to enter into medicine, to increase access to healthcare and improve health outcomes for the Maori community.”

“We are proud to see the strides that our previous recipients have made, from securing school Dux to gaining scholarships to study at international universities, and we look forward to seeing the caliber of applications that this year’s scholarship will bring,” says Beaton.

Crimson Education believes in the power of personalised education and mentoring. The Te Ara a Kupe Beaton Scholarship program is designed to support students with expert guidance and resources that enable young New Zealanders to shine.

Key dates for the 2019 Te Ara a Kupe Beaton Scholarship are:
Applications Open: Monday 29th April
Applications Close: Sunday 26th May
Interviews Finish: Sunday 2nd June
Awards Night: Sunday 23rd June
Winners Announced: Monday 24th June

To apply or for more information, please visit

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