UC seeks top Nelson students

28 July 2011

Former Waimea College head boy Floyd Thomas is enjoying his first year at the University of Canterbury thanks to a UC Emerging Leaders' Scholarship.

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UC engineering student Floyd Thomas, an Emerging Leaders' Scholarship recipient.

Former Waimea College head boy Floyd Thomas is enjoying his first year at the University of Canterbury thanks to a UC Emerging Leaders’ Scholarship.

The University is offering 100 Emerging Leaders’ Scholarships – 41 more than last year – to Year 13 students who have shown extraordinary leadership skills or talent in particular areas, such as sport, during their time at secondary school.

Emerging Leaders and school duxes can apply for scholarships worth $5000, plus receive a leadership course valued at $4000. Recipients also receive preferential entry to the University, subject to gaining University Entrance. The closing date for applications is 1 September. 

All students who apply for hall of residence accommodation by 1 October that are awarded first-round scholarships will also be guaranteed a place at their first-preference hall.

Nelson students and their parents have a chance to find out more about these scholarships – plus the more than 1000 additional scholarships on offer from UC in 2012 for undergraduate students – at a University of Canterbury information session on 2 August, 5.30-7.30pm, at the Rutherford Hotel in Trafalgar Street. 

The full range of scholarships on offer includes an unlimited number of the University’s new UC Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships, ranging in value from $1000 to $3000, which will be on offer to all students who achieve NCEA merit or excellence endorsements or their equivalent.

Floyd said he decided to study at UC after its liaison team visited Waimea early last year.

“I’d listened to what a few universities had to offer and UC stuck out to me so I went down to the Open Day,” he said.

Floyd knew he wanted a future in engineering and his visit to the UC campus made him confident it was the right institution for his tertiary studies. Soon after, Floyd started researching scholarship opportunities.

“I wanted to find out what was available for head students and I came across the Emerging Leaders’ scholarship.

“The process of application didn’t take up much time – I’d already learned how to write about my key attributes when I wrote my CV so it was really just filling in a form,” Floyd said.

“And I got my application in early so it only took a few weeks for a decision to be made.”

While the $5000 tuition assistance for his studies was a key draw card, Floyd was more interested in the leadership course.

“The course was even more valuable to me than the help with tuition,” he said.

“I spent three days with like-minded leaders, learning about my strengths and my weaknesses. We did team-building exercises such as a day at [outdoor education facility] Adrenaline Forest and attended interactive lectures with speakers. By the end of it I really knew myself.”

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