Aspect Trust has announced this year’s recipients of $5000 scholarships.
The six successful applicants are: Christina Ryan (athletics – heptathlon), Cullen Grace (rugby), Lily Rae (squash), Riley Taylor (swimming), Mackenzie Frost (alpine ski racing) and Matthew McLean (golf).
Aspect Trust chairman Peter Burt said more than 30 applications from around South Canterbury were received for this year’s scholarships.
After a comprehensive interview process in front of a panel of three trustees, all six recipients were deemed to have met the benchmark of high achievement, standards and work ethic, and would all be good representatives for Aspect, under ambassador Tom Walsh.
“The sports represented in the scholarships are from across the board and again they illustrate the adage that South Canterbury boxes well above its weight in national and international representation in sport.”
Mr Burt said the trust was always looking for businesses to be part of the programme; by donating $100 a month, they could help make a huge difference in supporting South Canterbury’s high achieving young athletes who went on to become great role models for local youth and highly productive members of society.
“We all know that sport has so many intangible benefits including problem-solving skills, self-esteem and social competence gains as well a direct link to good time management and academic success. These are the cornerstones of why we support and promote excellence in sport.”
Mr Burt said the inaugural scholarship recipients had more than met the trust’s expectations in respect to achieving their goals.
Aspect also gives out grants for other individuals who meet the criteria of national selection in development squads or NZ representation nationally or internationally.
“We are processing 12 grant applications in this round which has seen Aspect receiving unprecedented attention from sporting codes and individuals, with a significant number of inquiries coming from outside South Canterbury.”