When Hutt Valley High School senior pupil Brian Ng won $500 in an economics essay writing contest last year, he told Hutt News the money would go straight into his laptop fund.
Now he's just secured an even bigger boost toward his conjoint Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science degree studies at Victoria University - $10,000 for each of the next three years.
He has just been named as one of only 10 winners nationwide of the New Zealand Scholarship exams Premier Award.
In exams Brian sat late last year, he achieved outstanding scholarship in Chemistry, Mathematics with Calculus, Statistics and Modelling, and scholarship in Accounting, Economics and Physics.
It's not the first time the debater, badminton player and dragon boater has been in the news for academic success. He was 18 when we spoke to him last November and Brian's CV already ran to three pages, including winning a gold medal for the highest score in New Zealand in year 11 Mathematics in 2010, and the same for year 11 science the next year.
Almost 8000 students participated in New Zealand Scholarship exams last year, with 2344 students achieving a scholarship.
Education Minister Hekia Parata said all award winners should feel very proud of what they have achieved.
"New Zealand Scholarship achievement is a reflection of the great work done by students, teachers, parents and whānau throughout the school year to ensure educational success."
The government is investing almost $3.7 million towards further study by the 2012 Scholarship winners over the next three years.
The 10 Premier and 50 Outstanding scholars represent less than two per cent of those students who attempted scholarship.
"They are the best of the best," Ms Parata said.
Brian's hard work isn't over. He gets the $10,000 per year only if he maintains at least a ‘B' grade average during his tertiary studies.
they maintain at least a "B" grade average in tertiary studies
- Hutt News