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Two gay students get GABA Scholarships

Thu 3 Dec 2009 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback View at NDHA

The GABA Charitable Trust announced the two beneficiaries of this year's $3,000 Tertiary Scholarship fund at last night's Gay Auckland Business Association meeting. GABA's Geoffrey Marshall with Denis Napara was awarded to Samantha King from Palmerston North where she has been Head Girl, is an openly gay prefect and has a strong academic record. Talented student: Samantha King "The Trust was very impressed by Samatha's achievements and potential and so has decided to fund a second scholarship this year and to give Samantha $1,000 from our reserves to help further her education", said Gresham Bradley, incoming Chair of the GABA Charitable Trust. King is enrolling for a Bachelor of Applied Social Services and intends to do a double major in Social Work and Counselling at Tairawhiti Polytechnic in Napier. Her dream is to become a youth worker and help queer youth of New Zealand to be better able to deal with issues of family, gender identity and coming out. The GABA Charitable Trust offers a scholarship for the first year of tertiary studies. The award is offered annually to a student who identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, is seen as a good role model by peers and teachers, and who has excelled in effort and achievement in their secondary education. The Award is open to any LGBT student who is enrolling in a full time degree course, of at least three years duration, at any Tertiary level institution recognised as such by the NZQA.    

Credit: Daily News Staff

First published: Thursday, 3rd December 2009 - 3:59pm

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