Former Roncalli College student Leanna Ryan is one of six South Island students to receive a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship - which provides recipients with full course fees while they study at the University of Waikato.
The scholarship recognises academic success and those who excell in either sport or in the creative and performing arts.
Ms Ryan got the scholarship for athletics, particularly the 100m hurdles.
"I am pretty stoked with the outcome as the scholarship has lots of benefits. It makes life at university much easier and my parents are pretty pleased with the monetary benefits of the scholarship as it takes a load of their back," said Ms Ryan.
Waikato University has awarded scholarships to 51 students nationwide.
Scholarship receivers also receive specialist coaching and mentoring, and take part in personal development and leadership programmes. "I have been at the university for a month now and I have a mentor who I can go to for any help I need, but for now I am really enjoying the experience," Ms Ryan said.
The Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship, offered since 2005, provides recipients with full course fees while studying at Waikato University; it also provides comprehensive support for their academic, sporting and/or arts activities; additional support in leadership and personal development.
- The Timaru Herald