Scholarships ease life for student

21:26, Feb 04 2013

Kathleen Sircombe's university account just got a major kick start.

The 17-year-old has landed three Dargaville scholarships, taking a huge weight off her shoulders as she heads off to study medicine.

Kathleen has chosen to tackle health sciences at Otago University in the hope of becoming a doctor, so every penny will go towards the next five years of course and living costs. The Dargaville Rotary Club has awarded her with the 2013 presidential scholarship worth $1500.

Youth director Neil Clements says Kathleen fitted all the criteria best.

"Her attitude to life is way above her age really. It's not just what she says but it is what she's done. I actually think she's got an outstanding future."

The scholarship has been running since 2001 and Mr Clements says they are very proud of what past winners have gone on to achieve.

Kathleen also won the Thelma and Charlie Parker Education Trust scholarship valued at $2000 and one of two Trevor Bellamy Education Fund awards.

Combined, the scholarships will pay for a third of the $13,000 it costs to stay in the Otago University halls for one year.

Kathleen says she has been working hard all year to help fund the expensive degree but there was no way she could have saved enough in time.

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