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Source: University of Waikato

Thirteen students intending to study at the University of Waikato have each been awarded $6,000 by the David Johnstone Charitable Trust, managed by Perpetual Guardian.

The scholarships were awarded to seven students pursuing science degrees, and six students pursing teaching degrees at the university.

Scholarship panelist Michelle Jordan-Tong, Associate Dean Academic and Operations at the University of Waikato Management School, says the scholarship selection panel was “very impressed by the academic quality of the applications and the general quality in relation to community spirit.

“In their application statements the students made it clear they are not just thinking about completing the qualifications but how, beyond that, they intend to use what they learn to make a difference and have an impact on society.

“In recent years we have certainly noticed more consciousness among the applicants of climate and environment issues, sustainability and caring for people.

“The vision of David Johnstone is still relevant today, and the stewards of the Trust are doing an awesome job of keeping it current. The University is hugely grateful to the Trust for the support it gives our students in the sciences and education – and it has been such a long-term commitment.”

Mr Johnstone’s vision was for the Trust to provide financial assistance to deserving students, especially those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and make higher academic achievements.

The Trust deed stipulates that funds must be used to support Waikato youth in tertiary education in the fields of science, engineering, teaching and technology.

Now in its 23rd year, the Trust continues to demonstrate how important tailored wealth management is to sustainable philanthropic giving.

In the spirit of Mr Johnstone, the Trust’s administrators are challenging the 2019 scholarship recipients to recognise their benefactor and “pay it forward” in small ways each day, and to consider creating scholarships off their own one day, or contributing to the David Johnstone scholarships as they are able.

Scholarship funds are paid to the students in two instalments; the first on confirmation of their enrolment at the beginning of the academic year, and the second upon receipt of confirmation of their re-enrolment for the second semester, together with a satisfactory report and results from their first semester of study.