Follow Your Dreams scholarships awarded
Eight Palmerston North teenagers have been awarded Follow Your Dreams scholarships by their contemporaries on the Palmerston North Youth Council.
It was the first time the youth councillors had been able to distribute a $5000 grant made available by the city council to recognise and encourage excellence, active participation and leadership in young people.
The youth council aims to be the advocate for young people, advising the city council on youth issues.
City council youth development team leader Deon Knox said the awards were open to young people aged 13 to 19, and aimed to have a positive effect on the recipients' lives as they followed their interests.
The winners were chosen from a lineup of 18 applicants.
The top awards, worth $1000 each, went to Oliver Higgison (community work), Te Hinemoa Tuiono (arts), Christopher Arbuthnott (sports), and Kate Stewart (sports).
A further four young people received merit and development awards. They were Kyla Pukepuke ($400), and Mike Lai, Jordan Castle and Amy Atkins, who received $200 each.
The scholarships were presented last week at a ceremony attended by city councillors Tangi Utikere, Adrian Broad and youth councillors.