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Two scholarships have been established in Sophia’s memory. Funded by generous support from Sophia’s family and friends, Otago students and staff, as well as the wider community, the scholarships recognise second-year community-minded females in financial need.

“I think of it like a ripple effect so each young woman that gets to benefit from the scholarship hopefully goes on to make positive contributions in her community and society for years to come. While Sophia may have lost her life, she actually will live on in perpetuity through The Charter and the scholarships.”

Elspeth McMillan, Sophia’s mother

The Sophia McMillan Crestani Memorial University Scholarship

NZ$4,500 towards living costs for a second-year female student studying any discipline.

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The Sophia Michelle McMillan Crestani Memorial Scholarship

NZ$4,500 towards living costs for female students studying 2nd year Mathematics.

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The Sophia Michelle McMillan Crestani Scholarship Fund

Established in 2020, the fund is supported by Sophia’s family and friends as well as Otago students and staff in Sophia’s memory.

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First scholarship keeps Sophia’s light shining

The first Sophia Michelle McMillan Crestani Scholarship recipient is Emilia Haszard, a second-year Bachelor of Science student majoring in Oceanography, with a minor in Mathematics.

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