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A young NorthTec nursing student has had her first year study fees paid thanks to a scholarship for school leavers.
Annalese Nelder, who grew up in Kaikohe and attended Okaihau College, has wanted to become a nurse since she was 10 years old.
After leaving school, the 18-year-old successfully applied for the Bachelor of Nursing programme at NorthTec, and is now in the first year of her degree.
With her family short on funds to support her, Annalese was delighted to be awarded a $6,000 scholarship by the Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust, which provides financial help for women in tertiary education.
She was only just in time with her application, as due to patchy cellphone reception, NorthTec staff had been unable to contact her at her home to advise her to try for the scholarship. They finally got hold of her on the day applications were due, so Annalese immediately applied that afternoon.
When she found out she had been awarded a scholarship, Annalese said: “It felt amazing, I was just overwhelmed and my mum was really pleased for me. It makes a lot of difference – it’s a lot of relief as it’s paying for my first year fees.”
In her application, Annalese stated that she came from a low-income family and that both her mother and brother have a disability or health condition. She was first inspired to become a nurse when her mother suffered a serious injury while horse riding, and Annalese found she had a natural desire to take care of people.
She was so keen to become a nurse that she worked hard at school to get good grades in the right subjects, and was prepared to take on a large student loan. She was delighted when she was accepted for the NorthTec programme: “It’s the first step towards my nursing dream.”
However the scholarship has allowed her to relax and enjoy her first year of studies. Annalese said: “So far it’s pretty good – challenging, but I like a challenge. I am really enjoying my classmates, it’s just good to be in a group with people that have the same interests.”
Annalese is the second NorthTec student to receive a Kate Edger scholarship this year. Business graduate Eloise Neeley was granted a Master’s Degree Award which is funding her postgraduate studies at Massey University’s Albany campus.
Both Annalese and Eloise took part in the Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust Awards ceremony earlier this month at the University of Auckland. Eloise was asked to give a speech to the award winners - all women who are succeeding through education.
Eloise told the other award-winners: “Winning this award has meant more than I could have imagined. At a financial level it has covered this year’s university fees, it has brought recognition for NorthTec in the delivery of their business programme, as well as recognition from my Massey lecturers, administrators, and local MPs. Discovering how highly these awards are held within the academic community makes me feel incredibly honoured to be one of this year’s recipients.”
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