Inaugural bursary awarded in memory of Marcus Kitt

From left: Massey University property lecturer Dr Susan Flint-Hartle, Bruce Gallie from Colliers International, bursary winner Henry Smit, and Hilary Kitt.

The inaugural Marcus Kitt Memorial Bursary has been awarded to final-year business student Henry Smit in an emotional presentation at Massey University’s Auckland campus. The former Christ’s College student, who is undertaking a Bachelor of Business with a major in property valuation, was chosen to receive the $5,000 scholarship that was established by global real estate services company Colliers International.

The firm partnered with the university to create the bursary in memory of long-serving staff member and Massey alumnus Marcus Kitt, who died at the end of last year after developing a brain tumour. The father of two young children had worked for Colliers for eight years in Auckland, London and Jakarta.

The criteria for the bursary included evidence of academic achievement, strong communication and interpersonal skills and the potential to succeed in a real estate career.

“Marcus exemplified all these charactersistics while he worked for Colliers, becoming a successful member of our commercial leasing business,” says Bruce Gallie, Colliers’ chief operating officer in New Zealand.

“The bursary is designed to encourage excellence in real estate studies and is an ideal memorial to Marcus. We hope it encourages students to consider a commercial property career, assisting them at a financial level to do so.”

Mr Smit says he was honoured to receive the scholarship and is grateful for the opportunities it will bring in his final year of study.

“The scholarship has really reduced the financial burden on me and allowed me to focus on my studies this year, rather than getting stressed about how many hours I need to work,” Mr Smit says. “It also gives me the opportunity to work with Colliers, which will help me get my foot in the door of the industry.”

Property senior lecturer Dr Susan Flint-Hartle says Mr Smit impressed the selection committee with his character, maturity and work ethic.

“Henry has worked hard to support his education and has much potential in the property profession,” she says. “He has proved himself to be a committed and reliable student and we felt he was a worthy representative of Massey University and recipient of the award in memory of Marcus.”

Marcus Kitt’s widow, Hilary Kitt, confirmed Mr Smit’s selection and presented him with the award. Mr Smit intends to become a registered valuer and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors so he can work both in New Zealand and overseas.

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