Applications have opened for the second round of Te Uru Rākau’s (Forestry New Zealand) Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau scholarships.
The scholarships provide $8,000 a year to Māori and female students enrolling in either a Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forest Engineering at the University of Canterbury.
Scholarship recipients also receive a paid internship with Te Uru Rākau or other forestry employers.
“We developed the scholarships to encourage young and talented individuals into New Zealand’s growing forestry industry. In awarding our inaugural scholarships in 2018, we were delighted with the high calibre of applications we received and as a result of this, we ended up awarding double the number of scholarships planned last year,” says Julie Collins, head of Te Uru Rākau.
“This year we have a further 6 scholarships to award, and I strongly encourage anyone with a passion for forestry, who meets our criteria, to apply.”
“These scholarships are an investment in the future of our sector. We need to ensure we have the right skills in place to increase sustainability, productivity, and value in the forestry sector in the future and these scholarships are an integral part of achieving this,” says Ms Collins.
Te Uru Rākau will award 6 scholarships for the 2020 academic year. The inaugural round of scholarships saw 8 scholarships awarded. A further 8 will be awarded, next year, for the 2021 academic year.