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Friday, 19 May 2017 4:46pm

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(From left) Jasmine Macquarie, Anshu Nand, Emily Joe and Amirah Osama chat at a catch-up lunch at the Staff Club on 17 May.

Hot pumpkin soup was the right fare for a “catch-up” event for alumni-supported scholarship recipients, held at the Dunedin campus’s Staff Club on a chilly Wednesday this week.

About 40 first-year students dropped by to have lunch and catch up with Development and Alumni Relations Stewardship Officer Kellie Bain and Donor and Funding Manager Jude McCracken.

“We enjoy hosting these events because we are always interested in how the young people we meet through the scholarship process are adapting to life at Otago. The students have an opportunity to share experiences and we hope they get a sense of how it’s beneficial to engage with the Otago community, both while they are studying and after they graduate,” Kellie said.

Students at Wednesday’s event are supported by scholarships from a range of funds which are generously backed by supporters and benefactors. These include; the Alumni Appeal, the Callis Performance Trust, the Donna Rose McKay Entrance Scholarship, the University of Otago Law Alumni Scholarship, the Elman Poole Southland Boys' High School and Southland Girls' High School Science and Music Scholarships, the R and E Seelye Academic Excellence Scholarship fund, the John Falloon Memorial Scholarship, the JF Ward Verdon College Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship, and the University of Otago Yarrow South Entrance Scholarship.

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(From left) Joe-Joe Campbell, Benjamin Watkinson, Paul Burmeister, Gina Seyb and Timothy Cen.