Youth Olympian & Volcanic Eruption Survivor Recieve Rothbury Scholarships

Published Date: 22nd Dec 2014 | Category: News

Rothbury awarded $10,000 in scholarships recently, helping two talented kiwis ‘do their thing’.

Outdoor enthusiast, inspirational speaker and survivor of a volcanic eruption at Mt Ruapehu, William Pike, is the recipient of the Rothbury Auckland Regional Scholarship, receiving $5,000.

Representing the humanitarian category, Pike was selected from 119 other applicants across Auckland to receive a Rothbury Auckland Regional Scholarship. The money will go towards setting up the William Pike Challenge Award (WPCA), a youth development programme, in one or more schools in the region.

Bourke O’Connor of Rothbury Auckland says, "We’re delighted the $5,000 Scholarship will be put to good use with a person whose values of passion, hard-work and determination aligns with that of our team. We look forward to children across the country benefitting from William’s important work."

Rothbury also presented $5,000 to Coral Headey a Youth Olympian in windsurfing who has her sights set on windsurfing as a career. Coral was the recipient of the Rothbury Tauranga Regional Scholarship and was selected from more than 50 other applicants across the Bay of Plenty. Coral says, "It’s going to be a massive help, a much bigger step towards doing what I need to do to get to where I want". The $5,000 will be used towards a trip to Poland in July next year for the Open Youth World Windsurfing Championships.

Since 2007 Rothbury has awarded over $130,000 to talented Kiwis in partnership with the AMP scholarship program.

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