Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar, Michaela Kerr, fueled by competition

13 August 2020

Michaela Kerr
Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar, Michaela Kerr

Michaela Kerr, a full-time honours student studying Software Engineering is fueled by competition. She has represented New Zealand at the Mersey Valley Tour and at the Calder Stewart Elite Series in 2016. She’s also participated in many club races including the Mike Greer Homes Women’s Cycling Team, Waikato Performance Hub, and North Island Women’s Performance Team.

Michaela decided to study Software Engineering for many reasons but noted a debate she had with her fellow Waimea College classmates of who would be the best Software Engineer. While at university, she has been awarded many scholarships including the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme, Step Higher Award, CMS International Exchange Scholarship and the Energy Education Trust Undergraduate Scholarship.

Through her Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship and Step Higher Award, Michaela was invited to trek for two weeks in Nepal up Ama Dablam (4,600 metres to the base camp) earlier this year. She and a handful of other students made it back just in time, with only three days before the New Zealand lockdown announcement was made.

After University, Michaela is excited to join the Transpower Team as an Associate Developer in Wellington. She will be working on their internal market systems which supports the operation of New Zealand’s power.

Applications for the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship close on 31 August. Watch the video to learn more about our Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme and what it can offer you while studying at the University of Waikato.

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