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Published: 2000-12-20 00:00:00

Four University of Waikato students have been presented with Millennium Scholarships by Environment Waikato.

The four students, all studying environmental issues in the Waikato Region, each receive $10,000 over two years for post graduate study.

Angela O’Riley, from Hamilton, is studying for a Master of Science degree with a thesis on the chemical composition of road runoff and how it varies with rainfall. Philip Hodge, originally from Palmerston North, is writing a thesis on the effect of water table elevation on the formation of peat.

Rosauro Roldan, originally from the Philippines, is studying the amount and form of trace elements in the Waikato and Waipa rivers and peat lakes around the city. Hugh Blackstock, from Katikati, is using Geographical Information Systems to identify natural and cultural risks for emergency management in Hamilton.

The four were presented with framed certificates and cheques at this week’s Environment Waikato Council meeting. Council Chairman Neil Clarke said the scholarships were important contributions to the millennium. Furthering the education of these students would bring tangible rewards for the Region.