Housing NZ has awarded its annual scholarships to 2 Auckland University bachelor of property students to help foster talent & awareness of opportunities in the public housing sector.
The winning recipients, fourth-year student Belinda Kilian & third-year student Megh Shah, received $5000 each to offset their study fees.
Housing NZ asset development general manager Patrick Dougherty told the university property department’s annual dinner last Thursday: “Housing NZ wants to encourage young people with talent who wish to make their careers in the growing field of quality state housing provision.”
Ms Kilian intends to spend her final semester studying in Amsterdam and will be offered the opportunity to join a Housing NZ graduate programme in 2019. She has an interest in state housing and does voluntary work with intellectually impaired youth.
Ms Shah, who works with deaf & hearing-impaired people via government agency NZ Relay, said: “The people we work with are often Housing NZ clients. We’ve assisted them by securing homes for them and modified the houses to fit their needs. As a Kiwi, I’d love to use my skills & experience to contribute back to our community.”
The winning scholarship students will be offered paid part-time work at Housing NZ during their studies. After graduation they may have the opportunity to join a Housing NZ graduate programme which will provide a range of experience relating to property development & delivery. The graduate programme will also be open to applicants from all educational facilities.
Attribution: Housing NZ release.