The aim of the scholarships is to assist Taranaki 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.

Head of Engineering and Projects at Shell NZ and former student at Inglewood High School, Kerry Williamson was delighted to present the awards.

“This year’s recipients have a keen interest in the energy industry and have a strongly developed sense of social and environmental responsibility, values that are crucial to Shell. We wish them well with their studies and look forward to supporting them on their journey,” says Kerry.

Damian Orr was Head Boy at Inglewood High School last year and will study for a Bachelor of Science at Victoria University this year (2014). Damian is an all rounder, involved in the school council and captained the school’s first XV rugby team.

Thomas Bell from Rahotu is a keen sportsman and will study Sciences at Massey University this year (2014). He was a Hapū/House leader while at Opunake High School, is an adventure athlete who was on the winning team which won the National Hilary Challenge title in 2012 and is a Taranaki representative Surf Lifesaver.

The first Shell scholarships were awarded in 2012 and are offered annually to encourage more participation in the industry and to identify Taranaki’s future energy leaders. The recipients are likely to be employed at Shell over the summer holiday which provides them with valuable industry experience and are offered the support of a Shell staff member as a mentor.

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