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MBA student wins Auckland Chamber of Commerce’s leadership scholarship


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Courtney Davies has been awarded the Michael Barnett scholarship valued at $5,000.


Master of Business Administration (MBA) student Courtney Davies has been awarded one of the 2021 Michael Barnett scholarships, after seeing it promoted by Scholars@Massey on Instagram.

After graduating from Massey University with a Master of Natural Sciences majoring in microbiology, Courtney started working for a non-profit business doing environmental leadership. After a few years, she returned to Massey and enrolled in a MBA degree to learn the business skills.

“When I was doing the Massey Ambassador position, someone suggested that I should learn about business. I didn’t want to commit to a full-time bachelor’s degree and the MBA topic came up. That was really good because I could study online part-time, ” she says. 

Courtney found out about the Michael Barnett scholarship through a Scholars@Massey Instagram post and could not believe it when she found out she was successful.

“I wasn’t too sure if I would succeed because my background is mainly science and not a lot of business. I was pretty excited.

“My advice for students would be: Apply for everything, put your name out there because you never know what you are going to get,” Courtney says.

Scholars@Massey is an innovative programme for scholar development unique to Aotearoa New Zealand. The programme is designed for Massey University students who have been awarded scholarships by creating a community of scholars for peer networking and support. The community aims to maximise potential through personal development and to increase success in future scholarships, grants and awards.

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After graduating from Massey University with a Master of Natural Sciences majoring in microbiology, Courtney started working for a non-profit business doing environmental leadership.


The Michael Barnett scholarship recognises communication or management students who are highly skilled in leadership and are active in advocating for their business community. This scholarship was established in 2016 to honour Michael Barnett’s 25 years of leading the Auckland Business Chamber. Each year, two applicants are awarded a scholarship valued at $5,000 each.

Courtney will use her scholarship to contribute to her MBA studies and to further her passion for sharing this knowledge with others about sciences and the environment. The Chamber will also support Courtney’s career through networking and advisory opportunities.

“This highly intelligent young woman has a bright future ahead of her,” Michael Barnett says. “Not only do we share an interest in agriculture, but I was interested to learn she has commenced her governance journey already albeit on a voluntary basis. She will be a formidable leader in years to come.”

Make sure to check Massey University’s scholarships webpage to find out what scholarships and opportunities are available to you and also check out Scholars@Massey on Facebook.

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