25 Sep 2017

Monday 25 September 2017

Our 2017 Head girl Rita Shasha (Year 13, Middlemore) has been awarded the Russell McVeagh School Leaver’s Scholarship after being selecting by the commercial law firm from more than 500 other candidates who applied.  

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This scholarship, established in 1999 and worth up to $15,000, offers support to promising school leavers each year in the way of work experience, assistance with study-related costs and a guaranteed summer clerk position at either the Auckland or Wellington Russell McVeagh firm during the final years of tertiary studies.

Furthermore, Rita will be receiving support and guidance from a Russell McVeagh solicitor or partner, who will act as her mentor.

“It feels really surreal knowing that I got the scholarship,” says Rita. “It was the main one I had set my sights for so I feel very honoured and lucky to have been given such an amazing opportunity. It has helped make my hard work worth it!”

With her eyes set on a career in law, Rita applied for this scholarship because of the opportunities Russell McVeagh could offer. 

“I wanted this scholarship mostly for the mentoring that it offers. It's something that I know will be extremely valuable as I go into university and something I am very lucky to get,” says Rita.

To apply for this scholarship Rita first had to submit an online application, after which she was then shortlisted for an interview and then notified that she had been selected as a recipient.

“We are very pleased to have offered a scholarship to Rita,” says HR Director Lesley Elvidge. “She will make a wonderful addition.”

King’s Careers Director Wendy Carey says Rita should be very proud of herself for receiving the scholarship, one of only 10 available each year for school leavers.

“It’s absolutely wonderful news and Rita is so deserving of this,” says Wendy.