Local students awarded Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia

Whakatane news
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

East Coast MP Anne Tolley offers her congratulations to Eastern Bay of Plenty locals Sophia Murphy and Evan Michael Collins who are among 55 students to receive the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia.

“I am thrilled that two students from the Eastern Bay of Plenty are recipients of the first round of scholarships. Whakatane local, Sophia Murphy has received a scholarship that will take her to Japan, while Galatea local, Evan Michael Collins, has received a scholarship that will take him to China.” Mrs Tolley says.

Mrs Tolley says that our next generation need to be able to work in different cultural environments and communicate in different languages as our international and trading links grow – particularly within the Asia-Pacific region.

“These trips will enhance the hard work that both Sophia and Evan are already doing towards their programmes of study. Sophia will undertake a Masters of Environmental Studies while Evan will be beginning an internship in a law firm.

“These scholarships will go a long way to supporting a future of international professionals, traders, diplomats, and entrepreneurs.

“We are a trading nation, so it’s important that our future workforce have the opportunity to understand some of our most important trading partners while they are studying.  A skilled workforce is the engine-room of a thriving economy and it is great to see young people from our community making the most of these opportunities.” Mrs Tolley says.

The scholarships this round will take the recipients to China, Japan, India, Korea, Thailand, or Indonesia.

Applications are now open for the next round of scholarships and close on 30 September 2015. Applications can be made by individuals or groups to Education New Zealand.  For more information go to www.enz.govt.nz/how-we-work/scholarships/pmsa