Source: Eastern Institute of Technology – Tairāwhiti
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Since 2004, EIT offers Year 13 Degree Scholarships to eligible students from Hawke’s Bay, Tairāwhiti and Taupō. Last year, over 70 students received this grant that allows them to study one year for free.
The scholarship recipients say that the money not only helps pay their study but was also one of the reasons why they chose EIT over a bigger university.
Kelsey Stubbs is one of the lucky Year 13 Degree Scholarship recipients. Being entitled to the Government Fees-Free programme on top of the scholarship, she will be able to complete her Bachelor of Business Studies with a manageable student loan. Kelsey is enjoying her studies while being able to carry on with her sport, rowing and hockey. “I really appreciate the small class sizes and we get so many opportunities to engage in real-life projects or to get an internship with a local business.”
Anna Kelland is also leveraging EIT’s contacts with employers in the region. Anna is in her second year of the viticulture & wine science concurrent degree. She says she never had the travel bug and always wanted to keep her education local. She is grateful that her programme allows her to get a foot in the door of the local wine industry. Last summer Anna landed a job as a cellar door assistant. “Our lecturers really enable us to build connections with industry.” She also enjoys the balance between hands-on training and applied science.
Bachelor in Nursing student Rebecca Robinson says that she dreaded the thought of being in debt and is grateful for being awarded the scholarship. She also highlights the various benefits of studying at a smaller institute. “I feel I can email my lecturers anytime. They actually care about us.” Liam Parker O’Brien is also studying towards a nursing degree. Gaining a sought-after qualification without having to worry about paying off a hefty student loan, is something he considers a welcome benefit.
“I’m lucky to be able to study here in Hawke’s Bay while keeping up my sport,” says Guy Harrison. Guy is the winner of this year’s Hawke’s Bay Disabled Sportsperson of the Year award and is studying a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise, also backed by the Year 13 Degree scholarship. “There is so much support available at EIT which made the transition to studying a lot easier,” Guy says.
School leavers, who are toying with the idea of degree study commencing February 2021, can apply for the Year 13 Degree Scholarship from 27 July to 30 November.