Scholarships for high achievers

Seven UCOL students recognised for excellence and achievement were presented with scholarships this week by deputy chief executive of academics Bonnie Dewart.

Three awards worth $2000 each are supported by the Graduate Women Manawatu Charitable Trust.

One of them went to Bachelor of Applied Science (MIT) student Anna Greville, who was a winner last year of the Palmerston North City Council Jaycee Trust scholarship.

Greville plans to specialise in CT and ultrasound after graduating, ideally working in a children's hospital.

Another went to Susan Wall, who is in her final year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree based in Whanganui.

Wall is a volunteer adult literacy tutor, and hopes to go on to do a Master's degree in art therapy.

The third winner was nursing student Karen Cole, mother of twin daughters who are both UCOL graduates.

She is keen to work in accident and emergency, neonatal intensive care or on a surgical ward, and would like to continue on to do a Masters degree.

One of the two $1500 council-Jaycee scholarships went to Russian immigrant Reguina Blair, a second year nursing student, who moved to New Zealand 14 years ago with two children and a science degree, and is studying while working at Mash as a community support worker.

Applied Visual Imaging student Jennifer-Lee Harley has her sights set on a career in video editing, and is hoping one day to work for Weta workshops or even the Discovery Channel.

First year Bachelor of Applied Science (medical imaging technology) student Shreya Gupta was awarded the $1000 Fletcher Challenge Scholarship.

She is the first member of her family to leave India, and has worked two jobs to support herself since arriving here in 2010.

The memorial Andrew Cliff Award, worth $1000, went to Brendon Green, a New Zealand Diploma of Engineering student.

He plans to work towards a diploma, then a degree, in Information and Communication Technology.

Manawatu Standard