$30k scholarship to study science at Massey

Scholarship winners Michael Webb (left), Māori Student Recruitment Adviser, Api Tipene, and Zac Borrie. Credit: Gisbrone Herald.

A high school pupil, who dreams of bringing sustainable living to the world, has received $30,000 to study Natural Sciences at Massey University in Albany.

Gisborne Boys High School pupil, Zac Borrie, was awarded the University’s Albany Vice-Chancellor’s award in the Natural Sciences at the school’s prize giving on Tuesday. The award is to support an innovative new degree and reward one student for achievement of academic excellence in the natural sciences.

Borrie described the award as a shock, but was grabbing the opportunity with both hands. “My major goal is to help make the choices we make everyday more environmentally friendly so that my children are born into a world where global warming is no longer a threat to the world they will live in.”

“Massey stood out for me as it offers a lot of diverse degrees, which other Universities don't. I've heard positive things about the Albany campus and I also have family on the North Shore who I don’t get to see very often so this helped influence my decision.

“I felt like Natural sciences would provide me with a good base to branch off into many areas with the opportunity to work in an environment with a diverse range of responsibilities.”

Mr Borrie attributed his success to his family and careers advisor. “Without their guidance I would not be in the position I am fortunate enough to be in today. My careers advisor, Mrs Maria Jefferson, has been excellent in my last few years at high school. Her on-going support and assistance has been without question the reason I have received this scholarship - she is an asset to our school and does incredibly well to facilitate our career choices.” 

An additional high achiever scholarship of $3,000 was awarded to Micheal Webb, who will study a Bachelor of Business studies at Manawatū Campus.

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