Former Cambridge High School student Penny Wallis has been granted one of two Waikato University Artemis Foundation scholarships.
Penny is entering her third year of a Bachelor of Environmental Planning something she got into after Waikato University lecturer Christina Hannah visited the high school to talk about planning.
“It opened my eyes and made me think I might actually like planning.”
After initially enrolling in a Bachelor of Social Science, Penny switched degrees after realising the importance planning has on the environment and sustaining it for future generations.
Penny has big plans for her future, hoping to open her own planning consultancy firm that has a particular focus on creating spaces that harmoniously integrates all cultures, particularly Māori.
“Taking a Māori stance on sustainability is vital to understanding the innate and intricate connection between tangata (people) and te taiao (the environment).”
The $7000 Artemis scholarship was set up in 2018 by university alumnus Victor Li.
The needs-based scholarship was established to encourage students interested in education, business or environmental sustainability and to ease the financial hardship students can face with university study.
Each recipient was chosen based on their high grades and their commitment to their chosen fields.