Five new scholarships for Tauranga students

Co-directors Kiri Burney, left, and Bernadette Ryan-Hopkins. Photo. Supplied.

Five local school leavers will soon be heading off to tertiary study with a welcomed financial boost thanks to new scholarships from Tauranga Company, Ryan + Alexander.

Applications will be run through Tauranga’s five state secondary schools which include: Tauranga Boys’ College, Tauranga Girls’ College, Mount Maunganui College, Papamoa College and Otumoetai College.

To be eligible, applicants must be committed to completing their full programme of study at a Tauranga tertiary campus and be able to demonstrate both academic excellence, and community involvement.

Each recipient will receive $3500 over the course of their chosen study programme.

Co-director of Ryan + Alexander, Bernadette Ryan-Hopkins, says the Tauranga community has supported the company to thrive, and it’s gratifying to be able to pay it forward to support five hard working, motivated school leavers.

“This is our way of saying thank you to Tauranga for all the support the city has shown our business across our first five years. We’re so excited to be able to help some local school-leavers achieve their tertiary education goals.”

During the past five years of the company’s growth, co-director Kiri Burney says the full service agency has grown to a team of six, specialising in finding great candidates for great roles across New Zealand.

Ryan + Alexander fills roles across the workplace spectrum: from casual to part-time to permanent; from entry-level administration to chief operating officers.

The agency counts many of the Bay of Plenty’s top employers among its clients and a new executive consultant role is now being established to help those clients find and secure world-class executive-level recruits.

"We've loved these first five years of matching excellent candidates with the exciting opportunities available in Tauranga and beyond," says Kiri.

“We now get to celebrate this milestone by launching a scholarship to help five local school-leavers equip themselves to join the workforce."

The scholarships will be administered by Tauranga scholarship specialists Acorn Foundation with applications being run by each school and are likely opening in August.

Recipients will be announced at end-of-year prizegiving.

Acorn general manager Lori Luke is grateful to Ryan + Alexander for the agency’s generosity towards local students.

“The Acorn Foundation is so pleased to partner with Ryan + Alexander to celebrate the company’s 5th birthday with such a wonderful gift to the community.

“These scholarships will make a significant difference to five students who will undertake their tertiary education here in the Western Bay of Plenty.”

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