Garcia scholarship boosts passion

Amelia Ritchie has won a Garcia scholarship.
Amelia Ritchie has won a Garcia scholarship.

Four budding journalists from Taranaki have been awarded scholarships to assist them in their study this year.

Amelia Ritchie, 18, a former Inglewood High School student, and Ashlee Butler, 18, formerly of Sacred Heart Girls' College, have both been awarded $3000 as winners of the Mary and James (Sr) Garcia Taranaki Journalism Scholarship.

Ms Ritchie planned to complete the National Diploma of Journalism at Witt while Ms Butler has moved to Palmerston North to study towards a Bachelor of Communications at Massey.

Ms Ritchie has jump-started her career in motoring writing, contributing to the motoring coverage at the Taranaki Daily News through her "Amelia says" motoring reviews.

She said journalism would be a great way to combine her two passions.

"I've always been into cars and writing has always been really enjoyable for me."

Ms Butler said she was excited about the scholarship and it would be useful to contribute to her student loan.

She said she looked forward to pursuing a career in magazines or newspapers.

"I like being able to write stories that everyone can read. It's just a lot of fun and a lot more useful than other subjects."

Other recipients of the scholarship are Olivia Watt and Campbell Thwaites, both ex-students of Hawera High School, who were awarded $1000.

The Mary and James (Sr) Garcia Taranaki Journalism Scholarship celebrates the Garcia family's long-standing relationship with the Taranaki Daily News.

It is open to New Plymouth district residents studying at any approved journalism training course in New Zealand.

Taranaki Daily News