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  • 29 Mar 2022
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Scholarships support students’ STEM education

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Fifty six students from nine high schools near Genesis Energy’s generation sites are starting the year well-equipped after receiving scholarship packs of laptops and tools.

Teachers at schools in Tongariro, Huntly, Waikaremoana and Tekapo selected students who displayed outstanding engagement in STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), work experience at Genesis’ electricity generation sites, or their school’s partnership with the Pūhoro STEM Academy.

Genesis Energy donated the Ngā Ara Scholarship packs, which students could tailor to their interest in STEM subjects or to following their chosen trade.

Marama Amelie Groot of Ruapehu College chose a pack that included a Chromebook, which she says made it easier to study from home.

Waipapakura Bailey of Te Kura o Hirangi in Turangi says her new tablet is easy to carry so she can “work on the go”. "It’s helped me to fill out and keep all my files to apply for university. Also, it’s a big help for completing my papers to receive a diploma in Heke Mātauranga Māori."

Acacia Albert of Tongariro Area School said being awarded a laptop removed a financial stress. "I can use my laptop for my tertiary studies, so it is very useful." Acacia has begun studying for a degree in Environmental Studies at Waikato University.

Ben Jordan of Mackenzie College said "The different aspects of the bundle have greatly improved my ability to study."

Genesis’ Ngā Ara Pathways programme aims to increase the number and diversity of people in STEM education, study and career pathways.

The company’s Community Liaision Manager, Naomi Reese Nicholas, said it was a privilege to acknowledge and empower students with the scholarships.

"Our hope in offering these resource bundles is to accelerate and enable secondary students into the STEM workforce. We’re excited to partner with our generation site schools again later this year to support learning opportunities for more amazing rangatahi."

The scholarship packs, valued at $40,000 in total, were co-designed through hui with rangatahi and community members in Raahui Pookeka Huntly, Turangi and Ohakune.

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