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Staff & Community Scholarship

South Port provides scholarships to students in the Bluff community and the children of staff members, to encourage them to undertake tertiary education.

Staff & Community Scholarship

We would like to congratulate this year’s successful scholarship recipients:

Community Scholarship - Avthokea Fowler

Local Bluff resident Kea Fowler has commenced full-time study in the Medical Imaging and Applied Science pathway course at the Ara Institute of Canterbury, which will continue onto a Bachelor of Medical Imaging. At the age of fourteen Kea had an injury that needed an x-ray and ultrasound. Kea was fascinated by the details in the imaging, which sparked her interest in becoming a radiographer.

Kea has been actively pursuing her goal of becoming a radiographer, and in July 2021 she spent a day at Southland Hospital’s medical imaging department shadowing staff. Kea thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to attend multiple x-rays and gain a deeper insight into the medical imaging profession.

Kea has worked very hard to achieve excellent academic results at Verdon College and has also been actively involved in several clubs/organisations, such as first XI hockey, Kapa Haka, choir, and Te Ara O Kiwa Sea Scouts. She has also been a peer support person for year seven students, where she helped support and encourage new students as they started their journey at Verdon College.

Being able to help patients is an important aspect of being a radiographer, and this is something Kea is looking forward to. Kea has a great attitude and has been working hard towards her goals.

We wish Kea well on her journey towards gaining her Bachelor of Medical Imaging.

Staff Scholarship - Hayley Van Beek

Hayley has excelled academically as well as in the sporting domain at James Hargest College and will be commencing her academic journey with the College of Education to study teaching. Hayley is the daughter of Rochelle Van Beek, South Port’s Health and Safety Advisor.

A competent and determined sportswoman who has represented Southland in netball and basketball, she has successfully managed to juggle her passion for sport in conjunction with her study. Hayley has enjoyed working with younger players and sharing her knowledge to help them develop their skills. This helped spark her passion for teaching as she is passionate about making a difference in the world and using her skills to help shape our future leaders.

Hayley has met some amazing role models who have given her an extraordinary set of skills to aspire to.

During the holidays, she is currently working at Alliance Freezing Company to save money for her studies this year.

Hayley was described by her teacher as being a great role model who is resilient, committed, selfless, mature, honest, and friendly. These attributes will serve her well in the future.

Hayley is also very determined to take her sports career further and we wish her well in all aspects of her life.

Staff Scholarship - Joshua Solomon

Josh was born and raised in the Waikato and moved to Dunedin to study medicine at the University of Otago, after being gone for only five months his parents decided to follow him, so they sold their home in Hamilton and moved to Dunedin as well. Josh is the son of Justine Solomon, who is Nigel’s Executive Assistant.

This is Josh’s ninth year of study and he is married with two little tamariki Belle who is six and Charlie who is five. Josh has represented the Waikato region in rugby at various levels and worked at Greenlea Meat Works in the holidays while attending high school. After completing high school, he worked on the night shift at the Warehouse to save money for a two-year voluntary service mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in French Polynesia. While serving a mission he devoted himself to helping others in the communities he lived in. He learned to speak both French and Tahitian, which enabled him to relate effectively in difficult situations, teach and help train others to be more effective in resolving personal and social challenges with a focus on strengthening and stabilising families.

Since returning from Tahiti, Josh has been a volunteer leader in a youth programme and has been a positive role model for the youth he has worked with.

Josh has achieved a Bachelor of Science majoring in Physiology and is now in his last year of a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree. Josh has a holistic view and believes that not only physical but mental, spiritual and emotional health are important to help improve the lives of patients (tangata whaiora).

Josh has been able to incorporate the skills he learned on his mission when interacting with patients and achieved potential distinction in his studies last year. Josh is wise beyond his years, and is very capable and committed, juggling his medical studies while having a young family.

Now in the final year of his degree and with his wife recently completing her Bachelor of Nursing degree, he can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and is looking forward to being able to contribute to the community, to help educate, advocate and improve the overall health of individuals and their whānau.

Haere pai (go well) Josh!

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