Applications are open now for Year 13 students who meet the Trust’s criteria and intend to enrol at a tertiary institution in New Zealand to study a property-related degree. Interested students should visit www.keystonetrust.org.nz for more information on the application process. As a number of prominent industry brands are among forefront Keystone Trust sponsors, there are also opportunities for students who have already completed some years at university to take up a Key Sponsor Scholarship.
Victoria McArthur, Keystone’s General Manager, says: "At Keystone we believe that if exceptional young people have a dream to become part of the property and construction industry, it is our job to help them get there, irrespective of their background."
"Keystone scholarship recipients benefit from financial support. However, more importantly, our programmes include a high degree of mentoring and networking opportunities to be embraced by the industry. This is what sets us apart, as we walk alongside our students on their tertiary journey." This is echoed by Greg Pritchard, General Manager of Fletcher Construction and a Keystone Trustee, who says: "The emphasis is on a Capital ‘S’ for ‘support’ and a small ‘m’ for ‘money’."
"I didn’t want to be dependent on my parents to support me," says recipient Carinnya Feaunati, who is from New Plymouth and now in her final year of Architecture at Victoria University. "Without it, it would have been a big struggle for finances and my parents would have had to support me much more. If I think about the bigger picture, I may not even have been able to move to Wellington.
"Although I initially liked the Keystone focus on financial support, the opportunities to engage with people in the industry have been invaluable. Keystone gave me the opportunity to meet real professionals in the industry and to get to know them, and even get some internships. This would have been impossible without the help of the Trust."
Keystone alumni are taking up increasingly high-profile positions within major organisations across the industry. In turn, sponsors are recognising the opportunities that the Trust provides to give back, pass on knowledge and mentor students, as well as to attract their future stars. "I’ve had a lot of good things happen to me - and are still happening - due to Keystone," says Carinnya. "It was the initial foot in the door that has gone far beyond. The financial assistance is great but the biggest thing is the step in the door to meet industry professionals - which sets it apart from so many other scholarships. It’s incredible."
Tuesday, 29 July, 2014 -