South Waikato Mayoral Scholarships awarded for 2021
Mayor Jenny Shattock is proud to announce the recipients of the two Mayoral Scholarships and one Mayoral Merit award at the schools' respective prizegiving ceremonies held recently.
Congratulations to Colin Phayer of Tokoroa High School and Shontelle Wilson and Deklin Taumata of Forest View High School who were the successful candidates.
Mr Phayer and Miss Wilson were each awarded a $10,000 scholarship, payable at $2,500 per year for a maximum of four years, depending on their course of study. Mr Taumata received a special Merit award of $5,000, a one-off payment for his first year of study.
"We received numerous applications this year from exceptional students of South Waikato families," said Mayor Shattock. "Every year I say the same thing - deciding which students to award these scholarships too is one of the toughest job I have to do as Mayor."
Applicants indicated interest in a range of degrees such as medicine, surveying, management, engineering, law, science, nursing and the arts. Students were shortlisted and interviewed by the panel of Mayor Shattock, Deputy Mayor Bill Machen, Council's Human Resources Manager Sue Brown and Gateway Coordinator Dianne Collins.
"It is always one of the best days at the office when we get to interview such fantastic young people," said Mayor Shattock. "The students all displayed such confidence, determination and ability."
"Special congratulations to Colin, Shontelle and Deklin. You all interviewed exceptionally well, have all the credentials; and will surely do yourselves, your school, your Council and your district proud.
“If the calibre of these young people is anything to go by, we can all rest easy that our future is in extremely capable hands," concluded Mayor Shattock.
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