2017 Secondary School Achievers Applications to Open

Every year the Hurunui District Council recognises outstanding student achievement at secondary school level by presenting selected students with financial awards from the Secondary School Achievers Fund.  Applications for this year’s fund open on Monday 9 October.

The awards encourage innovation and excellence in secondary students who are residents in the Hurunui district.  The Secondary School Achievers Fund was set up to assist students financially each year to further their study at either secondary or tertiary level in the following year.  Past recipients have used the funds for boarding or tuition fees, scholarship travel expenses, purchases of text books and electronic equipment.

One of last year’s recipients Liam Gray says that the award has been particularly valuable in helping to cover the rising costs of tertiary education.

“I used the award to pay for hall of residence payments, some stationary and my books for the year that I otherwise would have considered going without.  Being able to purchase all of this with my award was a massive help and relieved a lot of pressure in my first year of university.”

The awards are a way for the council to recognise achievement and aid students in furthering their study at a higher level.  Any students showing ability, attitude, and determination in any field from any academic or cultural background are encouraged to apply for these awards.

For those contemplating applying this year, another recipient of last year’s awards, Ricki Allan, says you have nothing to lose and so much to gain by applying.

“An award does not only offer a financial backing to pursue your aspirations, as the feeling of recognition associated with receiving one is also hugely rewarding. Everyone has something unique to offer, so sell yourself and put in your application now,” says Mr Allan.

Details of how to apply will be posted to the council’s website and Facebook Page before applications open on Monday 9 October.


Last year's award recipients with Mayor Winton Dalley