Whitianga’s Hannah Trebes (17) has received a University of Waikato Te Paewai o te Rangi scholarship worth up to $25,000.
The former Mercury Bay Area School student was speechless when she heard the good news. “There was lots of smiling and jumping around the kitchen,” says Hannah.
The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic excellence, leadership potential, and community citizenship. Hannah’s a local volunteer and young leader in the music community. She plays four instruments and still managed to achieve top grades at school.
Hannah’s starting a Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences this week and is part of the University’s Te Ara ki Angitū: Pathways to Excellence programme. Established in 2015, this initiative gives regional students better access to tertiary study through subsidised daily bus services, access to fees scholarships, mentoring and learning support.
Hannah will be living in Bryant Hall, one of the Halls of Residence on the Hamilton campus, and says having access to the bus service is a bonus.
Five University buses will run from select towns across the Waikato, and will travel Monday to Friday to and from the University during the semester. The buses will bring students from as far as Te Kauwhata, Thames, Waihi, Matamata, Tokoroa and Te Kuiti, with pick-up points along the way, for just $1 a ride.
“It’s a great initiative for those students who want to live at home while they study,” says Hannah.
Once on campus, students will have access to a dedicated pastoral care programme and to a whānau/common room.
Launched last year in partnership with Tokoroa and Putaruru High Schools in South Waikato, Te Ara ki Angitū: Pathways to Excellence has expanded to include 25 schools across Hauraki, Thames-Coromandel, Matamata-Piako, Waikato, South Waikato and Waitomo-Otorohonga districts. More than 20 students from the Thames-Coromandel district are joining the programme this year.
The programme is a key part of the University of Waikato’s regional engagement strategy and regional and district communities are expressing strong support for the initiative.