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Wellington student receives study award for courage and perseverance 


Navy Chief Rear Admiral Tony Parr recently presented the John Burns Study Award to Whitireia Polytechnic student Lauren Carline.

“This award is for young people who are about to set forth in life and who have shone through despite adversity,” RA Parr said after presenting Ms Carline with the award and a study grant of $1500.



Navy Chief Rear Admiral Tony Parr presents the John Burns Study Award 2012 to Whitireia Polytechnic student Lauren Carline.


Like past recipients, Ms Carline was selected because she has “shown perseverance and courage in the face of difficult family circumstances”, according to RA Parr.

Administered by Public Trust, the John Burns Study Award is granted to tertiary students living in the Wellington area who excel in their studies and have shown perseverance and courage in the face of adversity such as a health disability and difficult family circumstances. Recipients are chosen by a committee composed of representatives from Public Trust and the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Ms Carline said the study grant will be “a massive help” as she begins her three-year bachelor’s degree in social work. She hopes to work with underprivileged youth in Canada or the United Kingdom after she graduates.

The late Dr Patricia Burns established the study award in honour of her brother John, an electrical engineer who served in the Royal New Zealand Navy from 1949 to 1965. Despite poor health, John Burns completed a master’s degree in engineering, helped modernise the naval radio station at Irirangi and served on the HMS ROYALIST.

About $118,000 in grants have been given to 58 students since the study award was established in 1991.

The next round of applications for the John Burns Study Award will be in 2014. Applicants must live within 60kms of the Wellington Railway Station for three years prior to submitting their application and must be a full-time student attending a university or tertiary institution in New Zealand.

Those who wish to get more information about the study award should contact Trust Manager Graeme Munro at Public Trust on 0800 371 471.


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