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BayerBoost environmental scholarships

Media release
14 September 2009

Two weeks for students to apply for BayerBoost environmental scholarships

• $40,000 to be allocated in 2009

New Zealand senior secondary and tertiary level students have two weeks remaining to get their applications in for the 2009 BayerBoost environmental scholarships.

The scholarship scheme is funded by Bayer New Zealand Ltd and administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

It aims to provide financial assistance to students undertaking environmental research projects during their summer break.

“We want to encourage students with a passion for the environment to participate in summer work programmes that will support their future careers,” said Bayer New Zealand Corporate Communications Manager William Malpass.

“BayerBoost enables students to do this through working with accredited organisations involved in environmental research or restoration.
“Previous scholarship winners have participated in res
arch that has proved invaluable to helping restore or protect our environment. Bayer is keen to keep this momentum going, especially as the environment becomes an increasingly important global issue.”

Over the four years the scheme has been running, scholarship winners have been involved in a variety of projects, from preservation of waterways and studying causes of whale strandings to stopping the spread of didymo and helping save endangered native wildlife.

As well as obtaining funding, scholarship recipients receive guidance from a host organisation to carry out their environmental study.

To be eligible for a BayerBoost scholarship, students must be under the age of 24, enrolled in a New Zealand senior secondary school or undergraduate tertiary programme, and studying environmental sciences or related areas.

Seven scholarships ranging between $3000 and $6000 were awarded in 2008. The deadline for students to get their 2009 BayerBoost applications in is Wednesday, September 30.

More information about BayerBoost is available from the website or by contacting the Royal Society on 04-470 5762.


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