Selwyn District Council Tertiary Education Scholarship recipient Mekaela Fleener practises on the violin she purchased with her scholarship fundingPhoto — Hayley Tate

Supporting young locals

by Ann van Engelen

Scholarships from the Selwyn District Council are helping Selwyn young people thrive beyond school.

Six tertiary education scholarships were awarded to year 12 and 13 students at Darfield High School, Ellesmere College and Lincoln High School in 2019, for a broad range of tertiary education and training. This year, scholarships will also be offered to students at Rolleston College.

Students are encouraged to apply if they have overcome barriers or hardships, achieved academic, sporting, cultural and art successes at school, in clubs or organisations.

Mekaela Fleener, from Ellesmere College, received the scholarship to purchase a university-level violin for her music studies at Canterbury.

“I think the scholarship is a really neat opportunity, especially for those who aren’t good at getting high marks, who might have merit in other places,” said Mekaela.

Molly Barker, from Lincoln High School, used her scholarship to purchase seven health science textbooks for her studies at Otago University.

“The scholarships are a way to support them through the expenses of their first years of study. There are many ambitious young people in Selwyn focussed on furthering their education to in turn contribute to their families and community,” says Mayor Sam Broughton.

Councillor Jenny Gallagher has been involved with the scholarships for more than five years.

“Often, young people from smaller districts or towns don’t have the same sort of access to scholarships. I am pleased the council has made sure Selwyn youth have similar opportunities to those in bigger metropolitan areas,” she says.