Fourteen young people have been awarded Papakura Local Board Youth Scholarships to help them with various costs associated with their studies.
The scholarships range between $1000 and $1500, with many of the students planning to use the funds for computer upgrades ahead of their courses, with others using the money to go towards books, fees, accommodation costs and travel.
Board Chair Brent Catchpole told students gathered at a celebration to mark their scholarships they were the best of an extensive list of applicants.
“We recognise it is not a huge amount of money, but we hope it will go some way towards making your studies that little bit easier.
“When we considered your applications, we were struck by the range of courses being undertaken and by the level of ambition many of you have shown in taking multiple degrees.”
Students are planning studies ranging through teaching, law, computer fields, medicine and design technology.
Total scholarships funding was just under $20,000 and Catchpole says members were struck by the leadership potential of the applicants, with most already undertaking community work, including several who have been Papakura Youth Council representatives.
“We are also delighted by the diversity within the group. It very much feels like it is representative of today’s Papakura.”
The board provides up to $1500 for young people in its area for learning and development opportunities. Applicants must be between 14 and 24, have a meaningful connection to the Papakura Local Board area, and be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.
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