Jasmine Knowles

Recipient of the Hugh MacDiarmid Bursary, 2015

"Honestly, this scholarship made such a difference to my final year. It took the financial stress away so that I could focus on my degree. There is no way I could have got a job and still performed to the level I wanted at university. I had my heart set on getting the Dux award for Veterinary Science and this scholarship, in essence, helped me to do just that!"

Murtesa Hassen

Recipient of a Bootten Bequest Bursary, 2015

"I came to New Zealand with my brothers and sisters as refugees from Ethiopia in 2003 after a three-year separation from my father who came to New Zealand in 2000. Now I am studying for a bachelor of nursing at Massey University. Without a scholarship I would have found it difficult to attend university and receiving a grant has been a huge relief to me and my family. I would like to thank those that contribute to scholarships at Massey, it means a lot and it changes lives."

Manu Lange

Recipient of the Ken and Elizabeth Powell Bursary, 2015

"I'm immensely grateful for the K&E Powell Bursary as it allowed me to quit my part-time job so I could dedicate more time to my studies and to the engineering projects I am passionate about. The bursary is also helping me service my student loan, allowing me to pay it off quicker so I can head overseas to complete my PhD and not get stung with interest. I'd love to undertake a PhD in robotics engineering before returning to New Zealand to work. My hope is to one day introduce ground-breaking technologies in the field of machine intelligence to New Zealand's engineering."

Shanti Kala Adhikari

Recipient of a new New Zealand Grant, 2015

"During my final year of my PhD study in Palmerston North the devastating Nepal earthquake struck my home, leaving extensive damage to our family houses and critically injuring my mother-in-law. The financial support I was receiving from my parents, in-laws and family suddenly stopped because my family lost their capacity to fund me. My husband immediately returned to Nepal to support our families so I alone took the responsibility of our two school-aged children in NZ bearing all expenses while continuing my study. This unforeseen financial situation was very difficult and I was forced to manage the household expenses, including the children's school costs, with a loan. The new New Zealand bursary supported me immensely during this critical situation and allowed me to support my family so I could complete my PhD thesis successfully and on time. It was not only a financial support for me but also an emotional and moral support too."

Sam Tennent

Recipient of the David Levene Foundation Bursary and the J McLennan Bursary, 2010

"Embarking on study with a young child was daunting but I knew it was what I needed to do to ensure I provide my son and myself with the best opportunities in our future. I took a chance at applying for a scholarship and found myself in a better position financially after receiving it. Simple every day costs and equipment required for my degree were much easier to obtain, stress was minimised, and there were many other benefits all round. A BIG thanks to the Massey University Foundation from myself and my son, any little bit helps in a big way!"

Krunoslav Bojanic

Recipient of the Joan Berry Fellowship in Veterinary Science and a Massey University Doctorate Scholarship, 2012

"Before I received the scholarships I worked long hours, I was constantly tired and stressed, and I worried my research would suffer as a result. After I received the scholarships my life was so much better! I stopped working and fully dedicated myself to my PhD on an emerging species of Campylobacter, one of the most prevalent and acute gastrointestinal illnesses in the developed world. The scholarships made such a big difference; I can't thank the Foundation's donors enough."

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