2015 recipient stories

Don't regret the dream you didn't pursue

Have the courage to start and apply for an AMP Scholarship to help you get up to $10,000 towards your dream. This is what 2015 recipients Amelia, Scott, Frances and Joshua did and they are now using their $10,000 scholarship to continue turning their dreams into reality.

Applications are now closed and judging is taking place.

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Amelia Berry

Amelia is a 27 year-old opera singer whose dream is to break into the international scene.

She loves connecting with people through opera and was inspired to go away and study when at 19 years old her singing teacher gave her a CD of a famous American soprano.

Amelia is using her scholarship to help her as she embarks on the fiercely competitive audition season in New York.


Scott Sambell

Scott runs Glenfern Sanctuary on Great Barrier Island and is so passionate about protecting the native wildlife on the Island that he developed a wifi-driven alert system that’s so effective it won a World Wildlife Foundation Conservation Innovation Award.

Now Scott’s moved on to develop a remote sensing system and his dream is to roll it out across every pest control area in New Zealand, saving thousands of dollars as well as the lives of some of the country’s most precious wildlife.

Take a look at Scott in action along with his rat-tracking terrier, Milly.

Frances Lloyd

Frances started Taekwondo at just five years old and at 15 is the current World Junior Taekwondo Champion.

It's taken a lot of passion and discipline to get this far and Frances continues to pursue her dream of defending her title at the Oceania Champs and then at the 2016 Taekwondo World Cup in Budapest and Hungary.

Watch Frances in action.

Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson

Joshua has been chasing his dream of becoming a world-class dancer and ambassador for New Zealand arts since he was 4 years old. 

In 2014 he became one of only 24 dancers selected from thousands auditioning, to study at the famous Juilliard School of Dance in New York, becoming the only New Zealander to achieve such a feat.

Take a peek into the life and world of this elite dancer.

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