DWC Tertiary Scholarships open for applications

02 August 2022
Development West Coast
Applications are now open for Development West Coast’s tertiary scholarships.

The four annual scholarships are valued up to $32,500 per student over the three to four years of their tertiary study.

DWC Chief Executive Heath Milne said, “Retaining our young talent was identified through Te Whanaketanga Te Tai Poutini West Coast 2050 Strategy as a key issue impacting on West Coast businesses’ ability to grow and improve productivity.”

“The scholarships are designed to grow and retain highly qualified residents on the West Coast by removing barriers to training and employment.

“DWC is proud to partner with West Coast businesses to provide scholarship opportunities that include a mixture of fee payment, holiday work and guaranteed employment on the West Coast upon completion of the student’s tertiary study,” Mr Milne said.

One scholarship is available per District, with an additional regional scholarship.

DWC Vocational Co-ordinator Latham Martin said the scholarship opportunities are for first-time tertiary students and are not limited to school leavers.

“We invite anyone who is planning to study at tertiary level next year and who is committed to work and live on the West Coast following completion of their study to apply.”

Last year’s scholarships were awarded to Clark Fountain, Ella Rae-Wood, Jack Stead-Wilson, Rachel Morris and Scarlett Hamilton.

Through his scholarship, Greymouth High School graduate Clark is pursuing an Industrial Product Design Degree at University of Canterbury.

“I have always been passionate about design and creating new things. This started with Lego at a young age, to now creating an idea from its beginning and taking it right through to final production,” Clark said.

“The skills I am learning currently in my degree are quite broad and can be applied in a range of industries. The Coast has a rich engineering background which I hope to work in and bring new design innovation to.”

During the upcoming academic break Clark will be interning at Liddell Contracting in Greymouth.

“The internship will help connect my studies to industry, allowing for a smooth transition from what I have been learning in class to applying it into practical real-world situations.

“If it wasn't available, it would have been challenging to find summer work related to my degree on the Coast and I would have had to look elsewhere.”

Anna Liddell, General Manager of Liddell Contracting, said the scholarship/internship programme was a great opportunity to retain young people in the region.

“The Coast has some fantastic leading-edge businesses, yet we find many young people want to spread their wings and move to the cities.

“An internship gives us the opportunity to showcase what we do, pass on our skills to the next generation with the hope to inspire them to stay on the Coast.”

Clark said, “While there are many cutting edge businesses in the design and engineering sector both locally and abroad, West Coast based businesses offer unique opportunities for faster upskilling and the ability to work in small close-knit workplaces with years of experience.

“This gives me confidence heading into a career on the Coast.”

Applications for DWC’s tertiary scholarships close on 9 September.

To be eligible applicants need to be:

  • West Coast based or can evidence a substantive home connection to the West Coast,
  • Planning to undertake tertiary study for the first time,
  • Willing to work on the West Coast in the summer tertiary break and be bonded to a West Coast business for two years immediately following the completion of their tertiary study.

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Last year’s scholarship recipients: Ella Rae-Wood (pursuing a Bachelor in Veterinary Science at Massey University), Jack Stead-Wilson (Bachelor of Engineering at University of Canterbury), Clark Fountain (Industrial Product Design Degree at University of Canterbury), Rachel Morris (Bachelor of Nursing through Ara Institute of Canterbury), and Scarlett Hamilton (Degree in Law and Arts at University of Canterbury),.