A former part-time postie and supermarket seafood assistant has won a prestigious Roger Harris engineering scholarship from Waikato Regional Council.
Karl Jackson, now studying civil engineering at Canterbury University, was presented with a cheque for $4000 by river and catchment services chair Stuart Kneebone at a committee meeting today.
The Roger Harris (Waihou Valley Scheme) Scholarship was established in 1995 to mark the substantial completion of the Waihou Valley scheme, and, in particular, to acknowledge the contribution of the late Roger Harris to the successful implementation of that major project.
The scholarship is available to students undertaking study in the fields of engineering or resource management and whose families are resident in the Waihou Valley scheme rating classification area.
Karl Jackson completed his secondary education at Morrinsville College and in his last year took courses in English, mathematics with calculus, physics, digital technologies computer science and travel, hospitality and tourism.
In addition to his academic achievements Karl was deputy house captain and a member of the 1st XI hockey team. He tutored two younger students with mathematics and assisted with various school productions and functions. He was also a member of the 2012 famine group at college.
He has received very good results in NCEA 1, 2 and 3 and was first in year 12 computers.
Outside of school Karl has worked as a part-time rural delivery postman and a part-time seafood assistant at New World.
Karl is now studying for a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with the objective of working as an engineer.
“The council is very pleased to be able to use this scholarship to both recognise the contribution of Roger Harris to the Waihou Valley scheme and to support young people in the area in engineering and resource management studies,” said Cr Kneebone.
“These sorts of technical skills are vital for the efficient running of services provided to local communities by their councils.”