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EIT|Te Pūkenga Bachelor of Nursing Scholarship recipients Lisa Halbert (left), Alexi (Lexi) Sewell, Emma Stuart, Elizabeth Wood, Kylie Tipoki, Ella Jamieson and Freya Hodgson (not pictured).

Seven promising Bachelor of Nursing students studying at EIT|Te Pūkenga have been awarded scholarships.

The recipients were acknowledged at a special ceremony in front of friends and whānau this month.

Lisa Halbert (Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Ngāti Maniapoto) and Kylie Tipoki (Ngāti Kahungunu) were awarded the Rapai Pohi Māori Nursing Student Scholarship.

For 55-year-old Lisa, who is in her first year, the scholarship will help her further follow her dream of becoming a nurse and providing quality care for people.

“It is a significant part of my studies paid for which I am so grateful for, and it has made me more determined to succeed because by giving me the scholarship, it shows that they have faith in me.”

Kylie, 42, says she feels very privileged to receive the scholarship.

“Not only is it going to help financially support me, but it has also empowered me to conquer and succeed within the Bachelor of Nursing. So, it has given me more of a push.” 

First year Bachelor of Nursing students Emma Stuart and Ella Jamieson were awarded the Noeileen Isaacs Scholarship.

After a tough few years financially due to COVID-19, 22-year-old Emma says the scholarship will enable her to continue on her path to becoming a nurse, without any added financial pressures.

Ella, who is from Central Hawke’s Bay, says she is very grateful to have been awarded the scholarship. 

Elizabeth Wood, in her second year, won the Dianna Lewer Memorial Award for Excellence in Mental Health Nursing.

Having previously shied away from mental health nursing, Elizabeth says a placement in community mental health changed her perception and made her want to continue in that area.

“It completely changed how I am going to be nursing for the rest of my career,” the 19-year-old says.

“Receiving a scholarship like this means a lot; it means that I have been recognised and appreciated which is nice.” 

Third year student Freya Hodgson won the United Friendly Society Scholarship for Excellence in Pharmacotherapeutics.

“I was excited when I found out I had received it because pharmacology has been one of my favourite areas of study. To be acknowledged for something that is a special interest to me is very encouraging.”

The Head of School Scholarship went to Alexi (Lexi) Sewell. The koha for this new scholarship was donated by Head of School Associate Professor Dr Denise Blanchard.

“I am very thankful to be receiving this award and I would like to give a special thank you to everyone involved in coordinating the Bachelor of Nursing,” the second year student says.

“I’d like to give a special thank you to my lecturers for being so supportive towards me and for making this degree such an enjoyable experience.”  

EIT|Te Pūkenga Bachelor of Nursing Programme Coordinator Katherine Williams says it is important to celebrate the success of their students.  

“This year, special attention has been made to revitalise and to reenergise our scholarships for the Bachelor of Nursing.”

As a result, they had the highest number of applications for the five scholarships, which were open to students already enrolled in the degree.

The calibre of applicants was extremely high and made shortlisting difficult.” 

First Year Bachelor of Nursing Lecturer and EIT graduate Tiara Williams was once a recipient of the Rapai Pohi Māori Nursing Student Scholarship.

“For me, I was a first year student nominated by a third year student who put me forward to receive it. I was shy and softspoken, but it empowered me to carry on with the degree knowing that I had people supporting me in the background.”

Being able to see her students succeed and push themselves is amazing, she says.

“I think any student that puts themselves out there to apply for this scholarship just shows how passionate they are about nursing. But it also helps them in regard to their home life as well because the cost of living is very high, so any sort of support that we can give is important, I think.

“And there’s three recipients who, when I taught them in their first year, were very quiet, and kept to themselves, so to see them stand up and give their kōrero in front of a large group is amazing. It is just amazing to see them all progress.”