Loui Kuthy Memorial Award
BRIGHT SPARKS: From left, Abbie Bates, Nick Koch and Bethany Lowe received scholarships and awards this week from Rotarians.
Three talented Taranaki students received awards from the New Plymouth West Rotary Club this week.
At a presentation at New Plymouth's West End Bowling Club on Tuesday night, Bethany Lowe, 17, received the Alex McPhail Memorial Award which included a cheque for $500 and a dux medal.
Bethany, this year's Spotswood College dux, already has a scholarship to spend a year at a university in the United States where she will study phycology (the scientific study of algae), geography and politics.
From there, she hopes to arrange cross-credits with the University of Auckland for 2011.
Nick Koch was awarded the Loui Kuthy Memorial Scholarship which will help fund his studies in marine biology at Victoria University next year.
Mr Kuthy was well known in the Taranaki fishing community and had a passion for music and the club administers a trust in his name, choosing a scholarship winner each year. Like Mr Kuthy, 17-year-old Nick has a passion for the sea and was drawn to a career in marine studies or conservation.
"When university is finished, I'll be wanting to go to South Africa or Australia or Hawaii," Nick said.
"Somewhere with big fish or sharks."
The one-off scholarship payment of $1000 would probably go towards books or a computer, he said.
Inaugural winner of the $1000 Mark and Joan Wilson Trust Award, Abbie Bates, 20, has almost finished her first year of study towards a degree in marine biology and environmental studies at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.
As a child, Abbie helped the Department of Conservation raise sick and injured penguins and was involved with Sea Week while at Sacred Heart Girls' College. Abbie is a keen diver and is just 20 dives away from receiving her dive masters qualification.