There is a great deal that motivates Lucia Avery, the latest recipient of Top Energy’s Engineering Scholarship.

A stand out all-rounder, the Kerikeri High School student is excited by problem solving, which she has applied to a number of academic, creative and recreational disciplines.

Engineering, particularly chemical and material, she believes will satisfy her curiosity and provide the best platform to make positive changes within the environment and society. She has decided to undertake her degree at Canterbury.

A keen sailor and skier, Lucia is aware of the privilege of living within easy access to beaches, bush walks and the ocean.

She wishes to work in a field where these resources are preserved for future generations and anticipates a demand for environmental solutions through innovation. Sustainable energy sources and eco-friendly material alternatives are fields that Lucia would like to explore further professionally.

Beyond her academic excellence, Lucia has also demonstrated strong leadership qualities and a commitment to supporting fellow Northland students reach their potential in engineering and the sciences. Specifically, she would like to promote female interest and success to introduce more diversity and innovation into the field.

As a Year Nine prefect, Keri Reading Tutor, Peer Support Leader, member of the Executive Student Council, sporting achievements, as well as other leadership roles within her school and the community, Lucia has consistently shown a willingness to take on challenges.

Lucia’s application on paper was impressive and during conversations with the judges she showed an ease and composure belying her young age. The judges mentioned that she decisively knew what she wanted, where she was going, and was determined to get there.

Chief Executive Russell Shaw is impressed by the talented pool of students in the Far North and encourages them to get their applications in for the next selection round in August 2019. The scholarship can open up opportunities that may not have been previously available to the student.

The Top Energy Engineering Scholarship provides $8,000 per year of study, for a maximum of four years. It aims to assist Far North students who wish to study an engineering (honours) degree, and who have already achieved an excellent academic record.
The scholarship is part of a suite of sponsorship initiatives offered by Top Energy for the benefit of the Far North community.

These include the Electricity Rescue Helicopter – an essential lifeline for remote rural communities, and the Top Energy Business Development Fund, which offers grants to existing or new businesses which have the potential to grow the economy in the Far North.

For more information on the Engineering Scholarship please go to: www.topenergy.co.nz/sponsorship.

For more information please contact:
Philippa White: philippa.white@topenergy.co.nz : 021-2418740