Rangitata MP Andrew Falloon last week launched a scholarship for local students interested in studying Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.
Mr Falloon said his annual scholarship would provide up to $1500 to a young person from the Rangitata electorate to take a Stem subject at tertiary level.
“It’s not limited to first-year students. Anyone can apply at any point, and use it to pay for course fees or other course-related costs, which are typically higher for technical courses,” Mr Falloon said.
“Nearly every part of our economy is growing strongly. We need more engineers, and particularly here locally in South Canterbury we need many more people trained in agricultural sciences.”
Mr Falloon said while the scholarship by itself would not solve the problem of skill shortages, he hoped it would encourage more people to consider training in the areas needed to keep the economy moving.
Open to any student (or a person going into tertiary study in the following year) who studied at high school level in the Rangitata electorate.
Applicants may study at any institution in New Zealand.
The scholarship can be used for any purpose and will be paid to the individual rather than the institution.
Applications will open on September 1 and close on September 30.
Applications will go to a panel made up of three judges, one of whom will be Andrew Falloon. The remaining judges will be announced prior to applications closing.
The judges will consider several criteria including the intended course of study and institution, and connection of the student to the region.
Funds for the scholarship will be raised each year through the sale of raffle tickets at A&P shows. If required, any shortfall will be covered by Andrew Falloon.