Freemasons Scholarships awarded to Waikato students

24 May 2017


Freemason Grand Master Mark Winger with Ellen Plumtree, Sue Berry, Rebecca Yeates, Matthew House and Bal Timilsina

Four University of Waikato students have been awarded scholarships totalling $28,000 in the latest round of Freemasons scholarships. The scholarships were awarded in the Legislative Council Chamber at Parliament on Wednesday 10 April.

Whakatane’s Rebecca Yeates (Master of Science) received a $10,000 Freemasons Postgraduate Scholarship. Taranaki’s Ellen Plumtree (Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) majoring in chemical and biological engineering), Hamilton’s Bal Timilsina (Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Mech) and Matamata’s Matthew House (Bachelor of Science, majoring in Earth and Environmental Sciences) each received Freemasons University Scholarships of $6000 each.

Rebecca’s Master of Science research is being carried out in partnership with the University and AgResearch, and looks at ryegrass root structure and the competition for soil phosphate between ryegrass and white clover.

The programme is now in its 39th year and is the largest privately funded programme in New Zealand. During this time it has awarded 1134 of the country’s top students more than $5 million in university and postgraduate scholarships.