$240,000 NMIT student boost

$240,000 NMIT student boost

A record $240,000 will be paid in scholarships to help students with their study costs at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT).

More than a hundred students enrolled in programmes as diverse as wine making, business, beauty and aquaculture will receive the funding boost.

The successful students, selected from 200 applicants, will receive their awards at separate presentation ceremonies. The Marlborough ceremony is on Friday, May 22.

Among the Marlborough recipients is Saphal Acharya from Nepal who is in the first year of study for a Diploma of Viticulture and Wine Production. He has won the hotly contested Equity International scholarship given to an overseas student on a student visa.

Blenheim Lions are supporting Marlborough student Jessie Tudor who is in the second year of a Bachelor of Commerce degree and using video link for some of her Nelson-based classes.

New Zealand King Salmon has awarded scholarships to three students. Each will have their study costs of up to $12,000 covered.

Nelson Marlborough Freemasons are sponsoring a Marlborough chef who has decided to become a wine maker and is studying for the Diploma of Viticulture and Wine Production.

Three young Tasman Makos players and one from the Nelson Giants are also receiving sponsorships.

New sponsorships this year are from the Nelson Marlborough branch of Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ) to help a budding engineer and from Garden Marlborough for a horticulture student.

Year 13 school leavers from schools in Nelson and Marlborough who are starting NMIT degree programmes will also receive funding. The NMIT's 'Half a Degree for Free' scholarships provide students with $3000 towards the annual cost of their fees in selected programmes.

NMIT Director of Marketing and International Development Virginia Watson says support from local businesses and trusts across Nelson and Marlborough helps to retain high performing students in the region who might otherwise leave and study elsewhere.

"The economics of studying locally make sense for many students as does having a familiar home base. But to get local businesses to partner with NMIT in supporting students to stay is hugely important for the region".

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