Waikato school leavers get financial boost

28 November 2018

Aidan Graham pictured with David Johnstone Chairman David Lloyd.

Fifteen school leavers from the greater Waikato region will be heading to the University of Waikato next year with the help of the David Johnstone Charitable Trust.

The students have each received a scholarship of $6,000 for their first year of tertiary education in 2019, which can be used towards accommodation, transport and other course related costs.

Founded by Waikato farmer David Johnstone, the scholarship programme is now 23 years old and continues to help talented Waikato secondary school students further their education. Managed by Perpetual Guardian, the David Johnstone Charitable Trust has distributed in excess of five million dollars to more than 500 students to support their tertiary education in the fields of science, engineering, teaching and technology.

Matamata College student Aidan Graham says the scholarship will help alleviate the financial burden associated with tertiary study. “Winning the David Johnstone Scholarship means everything to me,” he says. “It will allow me to focus more on my study and worry less about finding a way to fund it.” The prospective Mechanical Engineering student says he wanted to become an engineer since intermediate school. “My plan has always been to pursue a career in the motorsport industry. With this award, I’m now able to make my dream a reality.”

Tatum Fletcher pictured with David Johnstone Chairman David Lloyd.

Coromandel Area School student Tatum Fletcher says she’s honoured to have received a David Johnstone Charitable Trust scholarship towards her study for a Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (Honours) at the University of Waikato. “I’m so grateful to the Trust for their continued support of students in tertiary education,” she says. “The scholarship has given me the opportunity to have the best possible chance of succeeding at uni, and I look forward to beginning my studies next year.”

Director of Student Services Mike Calvert wants to encourage this year’s recipients to use the scholarship as a springboard for future success. “These awards are helping to reduce barriers for school leavers who want to access tertiary education,” he says. “I’m very impressed with the academic calibre of this year’s scholarship recipients. The Trust is supporting these local students achieve their goals and develop skills which are relevant to the regional economy.”

Perpetual Guardian national manager of retail Jen Tweed says the scholarship gives a head start to first-year students, allowing them to embrace all aspects of university life. “It’s a privilege to be able to help realise Mr Johnstone’s dream of a higher education by awarding scholarships to talented young people in his name,” she says. “Education creates opportunity, and it’s great to see past students go on to contribute fully to our society and economy.”

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