New website allows students to holler for their Scholar-ship

Young entrepreneurs, from left, Elizabeth Spurlock, Marina Suban, Evan Shram and Jack Dalton have created a new website ...

Young entrepreneurs, from left, Elizabeth Spurlock, Marina Suban, Evan Shram and Jack Dalton have created a new website to help fellow students.

Four students hoping to make it big in business have the world at their fingertips.

Business savvy students in Marlborough have created an education-based website to highlight scholarship opportunities across New Zealand.

Operating under the catchline, "connecting you with your future", the website Scholar aims to be a one-stop shop for students looking for financial assistance.

Marlborough Boys' College year 13 student Jack Dalton alongside Evan Shram, Elizabeth Spurlock and Marina Suban came up with the idea and worked as a team on the concept.

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If the company takes off, he may take a gap year to concentrate on his business empire.

Jack says he attended a workshop in Wellington last year run by the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) which encouraged him to put his business goals into practice.

With more than one limited company to his name, Jack, who wants to study marketing and business management, is keen to make his mark on the business world.

"The best kind of business is one that solves a problem. As students we find it hard to find information on all the scholarships that are out there and available. 

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"There are more than you'd think and it's basically free money, who wouldn't want that? ... If I go to university, I'm looking at having to pay around $80,000 but a scholarship may help offset those costs."

The company recently sent out a survey asking for student opinions on the website. Out of 150 responses, 99.8 per cent said they would use the service.

Jack says the costs will be passed on to schools and universities rather than students.

"We can charge schools money to provide each student with a unique acess code at the start of each school year we'd like to see it be a compulsory part of the curriculum with each student being given a code to use."

Scholar is available through a mobile-friendly website but if website traffic is enough the group will make an app to download through the Apple App store, Google Playstore and as an extension of Chrome.

School leavers and home-schooled students will be able to buy an individual code. 

​"There are so many scholarships out there, it's all about knowing what's on offer," Jack says.

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 - The Marlborough Express


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