Anais Magner is looking forward to joining the swim team at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts in autumn. Thanks to a Te Ara a Kupe Beaton Scholarship, the Aquinas College student will be studying at the oldest institution in the Seven Sisters, the female equivalent of the Ivy League.

“My scholarship to Mount Holyoke College is fantastic and I owe it all to the Crimson team and the Te Ara a Kupe Beaton Scholarship,” says Anais.

Other Maori students around the country will be able to follow in Anais’ footsteps, with applications now open for the Te Ara a Kupe Beaton Scholarship, the only scholarship that supports Maori secondary students looking to gain admission into the top global universities.

Now in its third year, the scholarship will be awarded to five Maori high school students to help them achieve their academic dreams – whether that be to study Medicine at the University of Auckland, or Computer Science at Stanford.

The scholarship is provided by Crimson Education and was established to encourage young Maori students to embark on a journey to discover their greatest potential on the global stage. It also pays homage to the adventurous spirit of Kupe, a tribal warrior who journeyed to discover New Zealand, evoking the same bold spirit displayed by so many young Maori students. Each of the five recipients will receive personalised mentoring and education services worth $20,000 to help them apply for and receive acceptance into their desired university.

Adelaide Campbell of Spotswood College also received a scholarship and is now in her first year at Otago University preparing to study dentistry. 

“Starting university was a major challenge for me academically as the workload increased substantially from my high school studies. But I have had incredible support from Crimson Education, not just academically but personally as they have guided me through challenges and helped me thrive in all aspects of my life at Otago.”

Western Springs College student Isabella Miriama Ngaire Ashby received a scholarship and is planning to attend a course at NASA next year with a longer term goal of studying medicine overseas.   

Crimson Education specialises in helping students navigate the complex admission and application processes to global top ranking universities. They do this by equipping their students with a personalised support team that matches their goals, interests and aptitude. 

Crimson Education CEO and Co-founder Jamie Beaton, who established the scholarship program in 2017, says that he is excited to see the applications that this year’s entries will bring.

“The Te Ara a Kupe Beaton Scholarship provides an important opportunity to celebrate Maori secondary students who have ambition to realise their greatest potential, as exceptional leaders, academic performers, innovators and community members,” says Beaton. 

“Last year’s scholarship recipients each demonstrated incredible grit, self-motivation and a desire to make a positive impact within the Maori community and on the world stage as they looked towards their university education and future careers. Three of the five finalists expressed a passion to enter into medicine, to increase access to healthcare and improve health outcomes for the Maori community.” 

“We are proud to see the strides that our previous recipients have made, from securing school Dux to gaining scholarships to study at international universities, and we look forward to seeing the calibre of applications that this year’s scholarship will bring,” says Beaton.

Key dates for the 2019 Te Ara a Kupe Beaton Scholarship are:

Applications Open: Monday 29th April

Applications Close: Sunday 26th May

Interviews Finish: Sunday 2nd June

Awards Night: Sunday 23rd June

Winners Announced: Monday 24th June

To apply or for more information, please visit here.

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