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Source: Eastern Institute of Technology – Tairāwhiti

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Left to right, Head of EIT’s Business School, Sabine Hoffmann, Caren Wattie, David King (Ryman Healthcare) and EIT Executive Dean Fred Koenders.

The EIT School of Business is excited to announce a new scholarship.

Ryman Healthcare have generously offered the Sir James Wattie Scholarship worth $15,000, in honour of visionary Hawke’s Bay entrepreneur Sir James Wattie (1902 – 1974).

 “We are immensely grateful to Ryman Healthcare for this generous scholarship. It will make a substantial impact on the lucky recipient of this grant,” says Dr Sabine Hoffmann, Head of EIT’s Schools of Business & Computing.

“We also recognise the contribution that Watties has made to the Hawke’s Bay economy over a long period of time.” The school say they are very pleased to have been able to establish a new partnership within the region.

Sir James became a household name in New Zealand in the 1950s and 1960s as a highly successful and benevolent businessman who created the Watties foodstuffs empire in Hastings.

His Watties business made the best of Hawke’s Bay produce and created thousands of jobs, contributing to the economic prosperity of Hastings, the wider bay and New Zealand.

Caren Wattie, Sir James’s granddaughter, said it was great to see him honoured. “We’re really proud of our grandfather’s legacy and thank Ryman, EIT and the Hawke’s Bay community for honouring him in this way. We hope the scholarship will inspire those business students to go forward as entrepreneurs and help grow Hawke’s Bay.’’

The scholarship will be awarded to one second or third year student enrolled in a degree or postgraduate business programme at the EIT Hawke’s Bay campus. The applicant has to be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.