|Trust awards $6000 towards Piopio student’s teaching degree
A Piopio College school leaver has been awarded a $6000 scholarship to contribute towards her first year of tertiary education at the University of Waikato.
The David Johnstone Charitable Trust Science and Education Scholarships are awarded annually to Waikato secondary school students embarking on a science or teaching degree at the University of Waikato or Wintec.
Ashley Jade Thompson was among 34 Waikato students to receive the scholarship at a recent awards ceremony at Wintec in Hamilton.
Next year Ashley will begin studying a Bachelor of Teaching at the University of Waikato.
“I was so excited when I opened my scholarship acceptance letter. I ran straight back to my school to tell the teacher who had encouraged me to apply,” Ashley said.
“The scholarship will account for most of my first-year fees. I’d like to say a huge thanks to the Trust for giving me this financial support as I begin studying towards my teaching degree.
“Eventually I would like to come back to teach at Piopio Primary School. This is where I am from, and I’d love to continue the connections here.”
The scholarships were administered on behalf of the David Johnstone Charitable Trust by Perpetual Guardian; a recent integration of Perpetual Trust and Guardian Trust.
Yunus Hanif, Regional Manager Northern at Perpetual Guardian said it is a privilege, year on year, to help implement David’ vision to see Waikato youth succeed.
“David was born in 1909 to one of the Waikato regions pioneering farming families. The death of his father compelled him to leave secondary school to work on the family farm.
“On account of his reduced schooling, David very much enjoyed seeing youth succeed; particularly academically.
“His generosity in establishing the David Johnstone Charitable Trust has meant that hundreds of Waikato students, today and in the past, have received a helping hand-up in their education,” he said.
Mr Hanif said the trust was originally formed in 1984, while David was still alive. In 1996 the Science and Education Scholarships were established by the trustees.
“David’s farming success was great; however his overarching desire to have had a better education meant he left a sizeable chunk of his estate to form the David Johnstone Charitable Trust.
“In the scholarships’ inaugural year, 20 students each received $4,000 for their first year of study at the University of Waikato or Wintec. Nearly two decades later, 34 students will receive $6000 each,” he said.
This year’s scholarship recipients represent 21 schools across the wider Waikato region; including Cambridge; Hamilton; Tokoroa; Thames, Matamata, Morrinsville, Te Aroha, Piopio, Te Kauwhata, Te Awamutu.
Since its inception, the trust has awarded $2.4million in scholarships to approximately 460 Waikato students to help them progress their tertiary education.