Student wins scholarship

01:33, Apr 14 2014
Kelvyn Mackie
Kelvyn Mackie

Queen Charlotte College student Kelvyn Mackie will set off on an adventure of a lifetime in September.

The year 12 student has been awarded an $80,000 scholarship to study at Pearson College on Vancouver Island, Canada.

Still a little dazed by the win, Kelvyn said it had yet to sink in and didn't feel real.

"I can't believe this is happening to me, it is such a great opportunity," he said.

Queen Charlotte College deputy principal Betty Whyte said the school was sent an invitation for a student to apply to the United World Colleges Scholarship programme.

"Many teachers put Kelvyn's name forward - a part of us obviously didn't want to lose him, but we couldn't hold him back from such a great opportunity. He deserves it and will do us proud."

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Kelvin applied and was selected to go through to the regional round. A few weeks later he was told he had made it to the national selection round and was invited to Wellington for an interview.

Kelvyn said when he as contacted and told he had been chosen as one of the 100 students from 100 countries to attend the college he almost didn't believe it.

"They explained that my passion for saving rivers was part of why they chose me for this particular school. I hope to change the views in Maori culture to not just claim our rivers, but to protect and revive them as well," he said.

Pearson College is set on the sheltered wooded shores of Peddar Bay on the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island.

Kelvyn will leave for Canada at the beginning September. The scholarship includes a return trip for a holiday in July 2015 and would return home in May 2016.

"It will take some working out to make sure I have enough recognised credits to go on to university in New Zealand, but my teachers will help," he said.

Whyte said they had been told that many of the international students who attended Pearson College ended up continuing their studies in Canada or the United States.

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