Trust back College pair

Te Awamutu College’s Brianna Walker and Nathaniel Short during the David Johnstone Charitable Trust, 2021 Science & Education Scholarship Awards, Wintec Atrium, Hamilton, Friday 6 November 2020. Photos: Stephen Barker / Barker Photography. ¬©David Johnstone Charitable Trust

Two Te Awamutu College school leavers have each been awarded $6000 in funding from the David Johnstone Charitable Trust.

Nathaniel Short and Brianna Walker were among 21 young men and women to receive support from the trust.

Nathaniel will be doing a science degree at Waikato University and Brianna will be at the Waikato Institute of Technology.

The Trust, managed by Perpetual Guardian, distributed a total of $126,000 through nine scholarships to students pursuing science degrees at Waikato University, five scholarships to students pursuing teaching degrees at Waikato University and seven scholarships to students pursuing qualifications at the Waikato Institute of Technology.

It took the total amount awarded by the Trust over a quarter of a century to more than $3 million in value.

“The scholarships are important for a raft of reasons including giving students a sense of significant achievement.” Regional Engagement Manager at Waikato Institute of Technology, Edgar Wilson said. “Especially during these times, the funding support afforded by these scholarships removes some of the monetary pressures off students and their families.

“This year we had another very strong group of applicants. Every student considering first year tertiary study in any subject area at Wintec or the University of Waikato in science or teaching should apply for a David Johnstone scholarship. It is a most generous scholarship and one that does significantly support individual students”.

The Trust also supports development at the David Johnstone Pukemokemoke Bush Reserve north of Hamilton and Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust in its educational programme with school students, based on the mountain.

David Johnstone’s vision was for the Trust to provide financial assistance to deserving students, especially those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and make higher academic achievements.

The Trust supports Waikato youth in tertiary education in science, engineering, teaching and technology.

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