Congratulations to our 2014 student scholars:
Huriana Nikora – Diploma in Veterinary Nursing
First year Diploma in Veterinary Nursing Huriana Nikora was awarded the Ralph Flavell Scholarship, established to assist Māori students in their pursuit of a higher level of learning. Huriana comes from Dannevirke and is a fluent speaker in Te Reo Māori. She has always had a soft spot for animals and wanted a career that would enable her to interact with animals. Huriana hopes to go on to work in a local veterinary practice or possibly work in the equestrian field.
Anne Swinerd – Diploma in Veterinary Nursing
Anne Swinerd, also a first year in the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing was awarded the UCOL Scholarship for Effort and Achievement. In 2013 Anne returned to Feilding from several years in the Bay of Plenty, and decided to pursue her childhood dream of working in the Veterinary field. She is highly motivated and organised, managing to combine her roles as a mother of three, student and active member of the community. Anne speaks Te Reo Māori and is skilled in New Zealand Sign language. On completing her Diploma, Anne plans to continue on to do a Certificate in Rural Vet Tech which will enable her to work more with large animals.
Baylee Wellington – Diploma in Veterinary Nursing
Baylee Wellington is in her Second year of the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing programme and collected a UCOL Health Science Faculty High Achievers Award. Baylee has previously worked as a dairy farmer, and it was during this time that she decided she wanted to challenge herself more intellectually. It seemed a logical step to enrol in the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing as she had an affinity for animals and their wellbeing. Baylee hopes that once she is employed she will be able to continue with further study, hoping to become a veterinary technician.
Gregory Taylor – Certificate in Exercise and Sport Performance
Gregory Taylor also received a UCOL High Achievers Award from the Health Science faculty. Gregory is in his second semester of the Certificate in Exercise and Sport Performance programme and has already started buying his own gym equipment in preparation for setting up his own business when he graduates. Gregory was introduced to exercise when he took part in the 10 week Green Prescription programme run by Sport Manawatu. He learnt so much about nutrition, goal setting and exercise that it motivated him to learn more. On his journey to fitness and wellbeing Gregory lost 30kgs, and decided on his future profession.
Adam Laker – Diploma in Furniture Design and Making
The UCOL High Achievers Award from the Trades and Technology faculty went to Adam Laker, a second year Diploma in Furniture Design and Making student. According to his lecturers, Adam goes over and above what is expected of him and continuously strives to produce the perfect design. He won first place at the 2014 Wood skills Festival in the Open Furniture category where he was competing against the best woodworkers in the country. Adam hopes to one day have his own workshop in the country on a property with established gardens so he and his wife can open a café and their garden to the public. Currently, Adam is setting up a workspace in his single garage while getting work experience at Profile Joinery in Feilding.
Layla Papworth - Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging
Third year Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging (BAVI) student Layla Papworth was awarded the UCOL High Achievers Award from the Faculty of Humanities and Business. Layla earned a Bachelor of Business Information, but always felt she was suppressing her creative side. On commencing her BAVI studies she could not believe that the ‘work’ that was expected of her was made up of everything she loved and she was surrounded by fellow students and staff who possessed such amazing talents. Layla has achieved consistently high grades and recently had success at the NZIPP photography awards, achieving Gold with Distinction.
Justine Hatsell – Bachelor of Nursing
A UCOL Scholarship for Effort and Achievement went to third year Bachelor of Nursing student Justine Hatsell. Justine left college at 15 and went on to work in varying occupations, but truly found her niche as a health care assistant at Lonsdale total care centre, where her interest in further educational opportunities and responsibility fostered the drive to complete a nursing degree. Justine decided to enrol at UCOL and found the first year a real challenge Justine made it through her first year but unfortunately did not pass her first paper in the second year. She took 6months off from UCOL and re enrolled at UCOL in the second year of the nursing degree, completing it with high grades. Justine continues to work weekends at Lonsdale total care centre and actively participates on her Marae. Justine hopes to continue her learning in a District Health Board funded NETP programme, being interested in like to improving health outcomes for both Maori and the elderly.
Shreya Gupta – Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology)
Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology) student Shreya Gupta received the Soroptimist Scholarship. Shreya is currently in her first year of MIT having first gained a Diploma in Technology: Science, from Wintec. She is the first member of her family and close relatives to leave India, arriving in New Zealand in 2010. Shreya became a permanent resident in April 2013 and supports herself by working 2 jobs as she is not eligible for any loan/allowances until 2016, due to recent changes in the immigration rules. Shreya is committed to her studies achieving excellent results and was awarded the Fletcher Challenge Trust Award in Semester One. Shreya hopes to go on to do advanced medical radiation technologies on completion of her Degree at UCOL.