2019 Study Award Recipients

06 November 2018

Four years ago, we met Sam Morris as she accepted her Study Award. Last week at the Keystone Award Presentations she addressed the room as a graduate representative, just about to complete a Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Natural Resources from the University of Canterbury

Sam has been an inspiration to watch as she navigated her way through her qualification, allowing herself to explore and discover new paths within her degree. As Sam concluded she shared a quote from the book 'Chapter One' by Danyal Flynn -

Sometimes we can all let the seriousness of our mission and the job in front of us steal the child within us. It’s the child inside of you that believes nothing is impossible. It’s that child inside of you that dares to dream, dares to break the boundaries and is naïve enough to believe that you might actually see your dream become a reality”


The Keystone Trust was set up in 1994 to assist young people from challenging backgrounds to take up studies in order to enter the property industry.   This year they celebrated their 24th birthday with an Awards Evening to introduce 20 new students into the programme.

Three students who will be studying in the Civil/Natural Resouces Engineering Dept are:

  • Jayden Maugham, Whangarei Boys High School.  Jayden is a successful sportsman and has representing Northland in hockey and Adventure Racing. With the support of the Keystone Trust he hopes to leave his mark on construction.

  • Carolyne Nel, Napier Girls High School.  Carolyne holds several leadership roles at her school and has represented NZ in Orienteering four times.  She is passionate about making a positive impact on her community.
  • Cameron Gribbon - recipient of the Leighs Construction Scholarship

PhD Defense: 7pm July 7th

The Development of Seismic Detailing and Design for more Resilient Bridge Piers


Using biogas as a renewable energy source

Afrooz Bayat is doing her PhD in Environmental Engineering working on biogas