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18 • 12 • 2019
ACG Schools

ACG Students Take Out Top Scholarships

- ACG Strathallan’s Liam Nelson who has been awarded a $35,000 University of Otago Academic Excellence Scholarship
Many Christmas gifts have arrived early for a group of top ACG students, thanks to a multitude of scholarship offers from New Zealand’s best universities.

Among the recipients are ACG Sunderland’s Chase Leathard who earned a $20,000 University of Auckland Top Achievers Scholarship, and ACG Strathallan’s Liam Nelson who has been awarded a $35,000 University of Otago Academic Excellence Scholarship.

Delighted recipient, Liam, believes scholarships of this level are lifechanging.

“Getting a scholarship offering that kind of money is surreal and I still can’t believe I was lucky enough to receive it,” he admits.

“It is such a blessing and means I can now follow my dream to practice medicine without the financial constraints. I’m really excited for the opportunities this opens up for me.”

High achieving students across all four ACG schools have been offered scholarships, reinforcing ACG’s place as a leading provider of world-class education in New Zealand.

ACG University Advisor, Guy Mills, reveals the organisation is delighted, and extremely proud of these outstanding achievements.

“ACG students have received some great scholarship offers this year. The competition for scholarship dollars is fierce, and it is wonderful to see our students receive scholarships that will help them with accommodation costs and, in many cases, university fees in their second year,” says Guy.

“The fact that the scholarship offers are spread out over all the ACG schools is a great commentary on both the quality of the teaching, and the hard work of our students.”

Gaining a scholarship is no easy task and involves significant dedication and commitment.

“At this stage of the year it is sometimes easy to forget how hard it is to receive top scholarship offers. It requires a student to have worked hard in Year 12, and achieved well in their external exams, and then to back it up with great internal exam results in Year 13.

“Also, a student must engage in school life, as many of the scholarship offers ACG students have received look at a lot more than just exam results.”

ACG Tauranga’s Piper Rudkin and Paige Thorpe are perfect examples. Both have been awarded University of Waikato Ko Te Tangata Scholarships which recognise not only academic readiness, but also strong community spirit.

For optimal results, Guy confirms that students’ efforts are supported by teachers and staff who go above and beyond to help their pupils succeed.

“One cannot overlook the importance of the teaching and mentoring our wonderful teachers provide. Encouraging students to have the confidence to apply and to put the work in is an important part of the success story.”

ACG Sunderland’s Stephanie Weatherill couldn’t agree more. A recipient of a University of Otago New Frontiers Entrance Scholarship, Stephanie feels that due to the support and guidance from ACG staff, the scholarship application process was stress and hassle-free.

“Our Senior Dean was super supportive and senior assemblies were held to show us our options and make sure we all knew what we needed to do,” Stephanie explains.

“Almost every member of staff has offered advice on applying to university since pretty much Year 7, so by the time you get to Year 13 you’re totally prepared.”

And while ACG students have enjoyed some amazing scholarship results over the past few weeks, the best may still be yet to come. Guy says ACG is anticipating even more positive news when additional scholarship opportunities are released in the New Year.

“For some of our leaving students, Christmas may extend into mid and late January as some of their scholarship applications won’t be decided upon until their Cambridge, International Baccalaureate, and in some cases NZQA Scholarship results come through, so it will be good to see how our students do then,” he adds.