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James (Snr) and Mary Garcia Scholarship

James (Snr) and Mary Garcia Scholarship
• Open to Taranaki journalism students
• Worth up to $5000
• Closes November 30

Hannah Fleming’s training as a reporter has taken off quite literally since receiving a James (Snr) and Mary Garcia Scholarship earlier this year.

The Western Institute of Technology (Witt) journalism student took to the skies following the August snowstorm while on a placement at the Taranaki Daily News.

“One moment we were covering the snow at Fitzroy Primary and the next we were up in the air flying over the whole province,” the 25-year-old New Plymouth woman said.

The former New Plymouth Girls’ High School student, who already has a Bachelor of Physical Education, said the scholarship had helped her make the decision to return to study.

"I'd already done one degree and have a fairly hefty student loan under my belt, so receiving the scholarship was a huge help in me being able to do the course.

“It’s given me the opportunity to do heaps of things I never thought I'd do.

“I've flown in a plane around the mountain, interviewed one of my favourite bands, the John Butler Trio, and rubbed shoulders with top-class athletes during the Rugby World Cup and ASP Dream Tour."

The Garcia scholarship which is open to young people from Taranaki studying journalism anywhere in New Zealand , celebrates the family’s more than 100 year relationship with the Taranaki Daily News.

Applications forms for the 2012 scholarship are available through Witt and the New Plymouth office of the Public Trust. Applications close on November 30.

Miss Fleming for one doesn’t regret making the decision to apply.

"The course has really opened my eyes up to the different roles the media industry can offer. There's heaps of exciting opportunities out there and I'm looking forward to exploring them after I finish up," she said.
Applications for the scholarship are available at the Public Trust, 24 Currie St, New Plymouth and the Witt reception on Bell St

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