Applications open for Scion Suffrage Scholarship

24 August 2006

Crown Research Institute Scion is calling for applicants for its annual Suffrage Scholarship, aimed at encouraging female students into a career in science.

The scholarship was established to commemorate the 1993 New Zealand Suffrage Centennial, and is awarded to a female senior secondary school student who plans to undertake a degree that will benefit the forestry or biomaterials industries.

Potential degree programmes that will be considered include any of the life sciences, engineering, marketing and consumer intelligence.

The recipient of the award receives a one-off payment of $1500 towards their education, as well as summer vacation employment at Scion for the duration of their tertiary study.

“Scion considers this scholarship a unique opportunity to promote women in science and encourage the next generation into the science industry,” says Group Manager Marketing and Communications, Jacky James.

As part of the 2006 process, all applicants will be invited to visit Scion for a tour of its facilities, have the opportunity to meet female scientists and learn more about the organisation. Lauren Du Fall was the 2004 recipient of the scholarship and she will be returning to work at Scion in November.

“It is the kind of scholarship that keeps on giving each year. All my university friends end up working at retail outlets for the summer but not me. I love working at Scion because it’s good to keep your science brain working after a year at school,” says Lauren.

Selection for the award is made based on academic achievement, as well as contribution to school and community life.

Eligible schools include Awhina High School, John Paul College, Mangakino High School, Rangitahi College, Reporoa College, Rotorua Girls' High School, Rotorua Lakes High School and Western Heights High School. Applications close on September 19, 2006.