Marlborough Lines presented seven Marlborough students with a combined $24,000 in scholarships for tertiary study on Friday.
Marlborough Girls' College dux Nerys Udy said her scholarship would help fund study at Britain's Cambridge University, where she was waiting to find out if she had been accepted for a performing arts degree.
"It's always a big help."
She had also applied for two other scholarships to help her get to Cambridge.
"It would be just an amazing opportunity," she said.
Like Nerys, Girls' College proxime accessit Danielle Pope would be using her award to help cover tuition. She will be moving to Dunedin to study health science.
Marlborough Boys' College proxime accessit Ashton Blake-Barlow was also going to Otago to study health science.
He said he would use the money for accommodation costs.
"It's a weight off my shoulders . . . I've heard so many great things about uni life, I can't wait to get into it," he said.
Queen Charlotte College dux Muske Hertoghs and proxime accessit Moana Dixonwill put their scholarships on hold while they each go on a gap year.
"It will be useful . . . [although study is] a long way in the future at the moment," Moana said.
Moana was hoping to attend Victoria University to study English literature after a year in Britain. Muske also planned to study at Victoria - either English, history or classics - on his return from the Netherlands.
Eighteen-year-old Robert Blankendaal of Rai Valley School said he was really surprised to have received the award. "I'm feeling really happy," he said.
Robert was named top student in the trades academy course he completed in Nelson this year, and said he would be using the scholarship towards a chef course at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology in Nelson.
The seventh scholarship was presented to Boys' College dux Hamish Hayes, who would be using it to help pay for his bachelor of engineering at Canterbury University.
Marlborough Lines Chairman David Dew presented the awards, which were first introduced in 1991 as a way to acknowledge Marlborough's high achieving students.
- The Marlborough Express