The aim of the scholarships is to assist school leavers who would benefit from mentoring and financial support to study an energy related degree at University. Each scholarship is worth $22,500 and is paid in three annual instalments of $7,500.

Shell NZ Chairman Rob Jager says he’s delighted to be able to award the scholarships.

“The recipients have a strong interest in the energy industry and more specifically a sense of social and environmental responsibility, values that are crucial to Shell. We wish them well with their study and look forward to being able to support them on this journey, through both mentoring and financial assistance,” he said.

Inaugural Shell scholarship recipient Jessica Richardson-Land says the Shell scholarship has been invaluable as she studied at Waikato University last year.

“Receiving a Shell scholarship in 2012 meant I didn’t have to worry about the cost of textbooks, stationary and field trips. Having a mentor has been a huge help towards my studies and it is nice to have a friendly face to answer any questions I have. Being only 18 you don’t have any idea of what the working world is like, so being employed at Shell over these summer holidays has given me a real insight into the industry,” she says.

The first Shell Scholarships were awarded last year and are offered annually to encourage more participation in the industry.

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