Three young Upper Clutha locals have been selected to receive scholarships from the Wanaka A&P Show and Upper Clutha A&P Society.
The Upper Clutha A&P Scholarship Programme contributes a total of $4500 to help youth achieve their dreams. There are three categories of the programme; two are Open Tertiary scholarships for students enrolled in full-time study related to the primary industries or other beneficial study (under 18 and over 18), and one aims to assist a young person in completing a personal development course or sporting endeavour.
Wanaka Show event manager Jane Stalker says the coveted scholarships are just another way the Show gives back to the Upper Clutha community each year.
“The Wanaka Show is now one of the South Island’s largest lifestyle events and much of that success can be attributed to the incredible support from the people of the Upper Clutha, therefore the Show has been gifting scholarships for 11 years to help some of these people achieve their own success,” Stalker says.
The scholarship selection criteria is based on leadership potential, academic merit, personal qualities and commitment and it’s hoped that each recipient will ultimately participate or pass on the benefits of their learning to the Upper Clutha A&P Society and the Wanaka Show.
Former Lake Hawea resident Rata Horan, XX, is the recipient of the Open Tertiary: Over 18 category. Horan is majoring in psychology and management under a Bachelor of Arts and Commerce degree at Otago University and has participated in the Wanaka Show home industry competitions since she was five years old.
“Although my course will take me out of the Upper Clutha region, Wanaka and Hawea will always be my home and a place I will come back to,” Horan says. “I hope that one day I can bring the skills I learn through this course back to Wanaka and help the community that has given me so much.”
Tarras equestrian Millicent Robinson, 17, is the recipient of the Open Tertiary: Under 18 scholarship. Robinson has competed in the equestrian events of the Wanaka Show for five years with great success, including winning the Horse Power and Speed in both 2018 and 2019. The scholarship will assist Robinson to pursue a double degree in Law and Criminal Justice at the University of Canterbury this year.
Long-time Wanaka Show volunteer Neve Stalker, 16, has won the Personal Development Scholarship to join the Spirit of Adventure. Stalker has been helping out with various aspects of the Show for many years and wants to take on more responsibility with the execution of the annual event.
“I love working and contributing to the Wanaka community and I plan to use my newfound skills and push them back into the Show,” Stalker says. “I am comfortable working in the background, on the front desk or amongst the animals and I’m ready to help where needed.”