Monday 4 March 2019 9:17am
Around 30 of the first year Otago University Alumni scholarship recipients were welcomed to the University at a reception at the Staff Club yesterday (on 4 March.)
After a mihi led by University Kaitohutohu Māori/Māori Advisor Hata Temo, Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne told the group that thousands of people applied for the scholarships, and she congratulated them for being selected for both “their academic and personal stories”.
She urged them to foster their “emotional and people skills” as well as their academic studies on their journey at Otago.
Professor Hayne said it was 40 years ago that she was in a similar room receiving a scholarship, which meant that she could attend university in the USA.
“Not a day has gone by when I haven’t reflected on my incredible luck and privilege in attending university.”
Alex Leckie-Zaharic had just about given up hope of receiving a scholarship, but found out at 2am in the morning while visiting Paris that he had won a Callis Charitable Trust Scholarship. Alex is staying in Arana College, and is studying Law, Psychology, and Politics. He attended John McGlashan College in Dunedin.
Corrigan Millar is from Taranaki where he attended New Plymouth Boys’ High School. He is studying surveying and is staying in Arana College, and is also a Callis Charitable Trust Performance Scholarship winner. He is looking forward to the year ahead.
“It’s an awesome feeling to have the scholarship and I feel very proud.”
Ethan Childs is an Alumni Scholarship winner from Masterton, he attended Rathkeale College and is doing a Commerce degree with a Finance major. Ethan is staying in University College.
“I’m so lucky and so privileged, I’d love to be able to thank the donors,” says Ethan.
Otago Law Scholarship recipient Destiny Baker says she’s “thrilled” to have received the scholarship.
“It makes heaps of difference, it helps me pay for my living costs,” says Destiny, who is from Turangi and is studying for a Bachelor of Law and Arts.
Zoe Lilley, a Donna Rose Mackay scholarship winner, is from Wellington and studying Health Sciences. The scholarship is helping her pay for her hall costs and she’s aiming to do well in all her papers.
“But I don’t want to become a student who never leaves their room, you have to have a good balance.”
Also studying Health Sciences, basketball player Alex Bennett from Gore received a Callis Charitable Trust Performance scholarship, and is enjoying being in Salmond Hall. “Everything’s going really well.”
Georgia Holdsworth from Methven is another Donna Rose Mackay scholar. Georgia is studying for a BSc in Geography and finding plenty to keep her busy. “So far it’s been really fun, I’m getting into some sports – netball, basketball, squash and tennis.”
Zoe Lilley, Georgia Holdsworth and Alex Bennett
The full list of scholarships acknowledged at the event were:
Elman & Alfred Poole Southland Boys' High School & Southland Girls' High School Scholarships
The University of Otago Yarrow South Entrance Scholarship
University of Otago 71-73 Alumni Entrance Scholarship
University of Otago Alumni Appeal Entrance Scholarship
University of Otago Alumni in America Inc. Entrance Scholarship
University of Otago Alumni in America Inc. Rugby Performance Scholarship
University of Otago Callis Trust Performance Entrance Scholarship
University of Otago Donna-Rose McKay Entrance Scholarship
University of Otago Law Alumni Entrance Scholarship
University of Otago RJH Daughters of Refugees Fanny Evans Scholarship