Future environmental leader receives DWC scholarship

06 December 2023
Development West Coast
Charlotte Sweney from Hokitika is one of this year’s Development West Coast (DWC) Tertiary Scholarship recipients.

The scholarship will support her work towards a Bachelor of Environmental Management at Lincoln University.

Charlotte attended St Margaret's College, where her natural leadership skills led her to taking on numerus roles, including peer support leader, house and boarding council, service council member, and Head of Kowai Boarding.

Beyond her valuable contributions to her school, she has a deep love for the West Coast's natural environment. Recognising the importance of sustainability, she aspires to contribute to future-proofing the region for younger generations.

“I am considering pursuing a career as an Environmental Advisor/Consultant. I have chosen to pursue this career as I have been passionate about the environment from a young age and growing up I have always wanted to protect and preserve our natural environment,” she says.

“Pursuing a career as an Environmental Advisor/Consultant would help me to achieve my goal of protecting and preserving the natural environment, and is a career that has the ability for me to make positive change. “

DWC awards four scholarships annually, and to date, there have been 12 recipients. The scholarships aim to cultivate and retain talented West Coast youth by eliminating barriers to training and employment.

Each scholarship, valued at up to $32,500, offers more than financial aid. Recipients also receive summer work opportunities and a guaranteed job in the West Coast after completing their tertiary education, ensuring a bright future for both the students and the region.

Charlotte says she is extremely grateful for the scholarship as by removing some of the financial stress associated with pursuing tertiary study, it gives the opportunity to focus solely her studies.

“I thoroughly enjoy living on the West Coast as every day I get to immerse myself in nature and appreciate the earth's natural beauty. The West Coast is a very friendly part of the country and I feel so lucky to be part of such an amazing community who uplift and support one another," she adds.

She has already been approached by Westland Mineral Sands Group offering her holiday work while she studies.

2024 Scholarship Recipients