Nursing scholarship for Tarawera High student

Life just got easier for a Tarawera High School student beginning a nursing degree next year.

Maria Mitchell has won a Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand scholarship, which will contribute $10,000 towards her study over three years. The foundation will also provide a mentor to support Maria during her studies.

Maria (pictured above with foundation chief executive Susan Hay) has been accepted to Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi’s 2019 Bachelor of Nursing programme.

Her dream, she says, is to become a qualified theatre nurse and to help and support those in need. “I would like to give back to my community using the qualifications I will achieve. I am extremely interested in health and people, and I look forward to learning about many mental and physical illnesses and how I can be a help to those suffering.”

Maria was deputy head girl at Tarawera High School this year. She has mentored younger students as part of a Tuakana-Teina group and belongs to Kawerau Take the Lead, which has seen her help run activities for local youth and volunteer at community events. She’s also a casual customer service consultant at BNZ.

Hepatitis Foundation chief executive Susan Hay is pleased to support young people interested in careers in the health care industry. “Maria was an outstanding candidate for this year’s scholarship. Her achievements to date show her to be an admirable young woman who will excel in the theatre nursing field.”

Maria was awarded her scholarship at the Tarawera High School prizegiving on November 2. She plans to use the scholarship funds for study fees, accommodation and the equipment required for the degree course.

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