ASB and Kordia support memorial scholarship at Waikato

scott-bartlett-scholarshipA new scholarship set up by ASB, Kordia and the University of Waikato will provide financial support to outstanding students in their final year of study in a conjoint degree, or degree with a double major, spanning business management and the sciences.

The Scott Bartlett Memorial Scholarship has been established to remember Scott, an electronic commerce graduate, respected business leader, and former member of the University’s Council and ASB’s board. Scott died in late 2020 at the age of 40 after a battle with cancer.

Before his passing, Scott was Group CEO of mission critical technology provider Kordia. He joined the company in 2012, stepping into the top role in 2016, and played a pivotal role in the growth of the business into new areas, such as cyber security and cloud.

Kordia is a leading provider of technology solutions throughout Australasia, with expertise in telecommunications, cyber security, field services, media and broadcast, and safety of life services. The company has also previously supported scholarships for women in STEM subjects at the University.

Kordia Group CEO Shaun Rendell worked alongside Scott for many years as CFO and was appointed acting CEO when Scott was ill.

“Kordia has long supported scholarships at the University of Waikato, and we are delighted to co-fund this memorial scholarship in Scott’s name.

“Part of what made Scott a brilliant business leader was his passion for developing talent and helping people succeed. He would be very happy to know that his legacy will support the next generation of leaders entering the New Zealand business scene through the scholarship.”

ASB provides a range of financial services including retail, business and rural banking, funds management, and insurance. Chief Executive Vittoria Shortt, a University of Waikato Distinguished Alumna, says she is proud to support Scott’s memorial scholarship on behalf of the bank.

“Scott was a good friend and colleague. ASB Chair Dame Therese Walsh and I want to acknowledge the influence Scott brought to New Zealand. A scholarship dedicated to Scott is a wonderful way to remember his legacy. In doing so, we can support future business leaders.”

The Scott Bartlett Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to three students each year, with applications taken from 2022 and the first scholarship being awarded in 2023. Each scholarship is worth $4,000 for students completing the final year of either a conjoint degree, or a degree with a double major. Majors must be from the Waikato Management School and one (or more) of the Schools of Science, Mathematical and Computer Sciences, or Engineering.

More information about the scholarship is available here.