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Promising futures...Isellah Gordon, left, and Grace Kelliher are pictured with Timaru Zonta president Kate Flynn after being presented with their awards. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Chris Tobin

Two Timaru school leavers were presented with scholarships by the Zonta Club of Timaru recently.

Isellah Gordon (18), of Craighead Diocesan School, received $1500 as part of Zonta’s Young Women in Public Affairs Award and Grace Kelliher (18), of Roncalli College, received $500.

“The scholarship is open to women who are embarking on their career after completing their secondary education,” Timaru Zonta director of advocacy and award Joy Hall said.

“It assists them in their tertiary education. Recipients are chosen for their involvement in school, community and international projects.

“They outline their own personal status-of-women aspirations.”

The goal of the awards was to encourage more young women to participate in public affairs by recognising a commitment to the volunteer sector.

Miss Gordon intended to study for a double degree in law and art at the University of Canterbury this year. She was interested in joining the Climate Change Student Army.

Miss Kelliher would be studying for a bachelor of social work at the University of Otago this year and would like to travel to third-world countries for the experience and to help.

“Both of these young women have already committed a huge amount of time to promoting and assisting their school, community and international projects,” Mrs Hall said.

Miss Gordon will now go forward to be entered in Zonta’s national Young Women in Public Affairs scholarship and, if successful, will contest the International Zonta scholarship.