2017 recipients

Congratulations to all our amazing scholarship recipients!

From fencing, to photography, to education and community work, our 2017 scholarship recipients are a diverse group who have all dared to pursue their dreams. Take a look at some of the great things they're doing and how they'll be using their scholarship funding.

National Scholarship recipients

Congratulations to all of our National Scholarship recipients who will receive $10,000 each to help pursue their dreams.

Custom surfboards
Dental education
Forensics
Baseball

Jack Candlish

Custom surfboards

Protecting the ocean through sustainable surfboards.

Joyce Manahi

Dental education

Making oral health education fun.

Ben O’Leary

Forensics

Revolutionising crime scene forensics

Joseph Kohlhase

Baseball

Making it big in Major League Baseball.

Fencing
Carving
Mental health
Karate

Chantelle May

Fencing

Fencing her way to Olympic gold.

Rory French

Carving

Carving his future in contemporary NZ art.

Tama ‘Eminukutepua

Mental health

Driving after hours support to reduce suicide.

Tayla Davidson

Karate

Going for gold in Karate.

Outdoor safety
Photography
Pole vaulting
Mental health

Stuart Julian

Outdoor safety

Breathing life into snow safety.

Michael Bradley

Photography

Exposing the beautiful face of Maori culture.

Olivia McTaggart

Pole vaulting

Reaching new heights in the pole vault.

Jazz Thornton

Mental health

Giving people hope through storytelling.

Study Start Scholarship recipient

Our Study Start Scholarship recipient will use her $10,000 to help reduce the impact of cancer.

Biomedical engineering

Isabel Cowlishaw

Biomedical engineering

Reducing the impact of cancer through technology

Regional Scholarship recipients

This year, a number of Adviser Businesses in the AMP Financial Adviser Network offered a $5,000 scholarship to help someone in their region pursue their dream.

Sustainable gardening
Education
Equestrian
Mental health

Sara Hamilton

Sustainable gardening

AMP Dynamics Northland Regional Scholarship recipient
With a notion that if we all do our part we can change the world, Sara dreams of educating young people about sustainable gardening and running her own community food forest.

Sarah Dann Hoare

Education

AMP Dynamics Auckland North Regional Scholarship recipient
As a special needs teacher and avid film maker, Sarah dreams to teach future employees through her short videos that young adults with special needs have so much to offer in the workplace.

Samantha Felton

Equestrian

Rothbury Regional Scholarship & People's Choice recipient
It’s one of the few sports in the world where males and females are equal. It’s the only Olympic sport which involves another living being. Three Day Eventing is unique and Samantha dreams of making New Zealand proud at the 2020 Olympic and World Equestrian Games.

Claudena Maaka

Mental health

Gisborne Financial Services Regional Scholarship recipient
After witnessing suicide in her rural community, Claudena was motivated to change the statistics. Youth suicide rates have skyrocketed over the years to the extent that she had to be the change she wanted to see.

Fashion
Workplace safety
Ski racing
Outdoor safety

Jes Chang

Fashion

AMP City Regional Scholarship recipient
Through using fashion as an avenue to help shift the modern day consumer culture, Jes aims to create sustainable clothing that will benefit conscious consumers and leave a lasting impression on future generations.

Simon Newcombe

Workplace safety

Amicus Group Regional Scholarship recipient
Understanding that with any problem there’s an opportunity for a solution, Simon developed the Tool Saddle, an innovative concept that ensures tools are kept off the ground and within arms reach improving workplace safety and increasing production.

Willis Feasey

Ski racing

Mainland Insurance Regional Scholarship recipient
Driven by a competitive nature and a tenacious desire to be the very best alpine ski racer in New Zealand, Willis aims to continuously improve his world ranking and compete at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games.

Trent Anderson

Outdoor safety

AMP South Regional Scholarship recipient
A discovery that fuelled a passion, Trent identified the need for an affordable personal location system designed to suit NZ conditions and the outdoors but adaptable for use in schools and as assistance for those with alzheimers.

Equestrian

Mathew Dickey

Equestrian

AMP Regional Scholarship recipient
Taking a leap towards success, Matthew dreams of becoming the best horseman and show jumping rider in the country and inspire those around him to do the same.

People's Choice recipient

Competition was fierce but Samantha topped the leaderboard to take home the $5,000 People's Choice Scholarship.

Equestrian

Samantha Felton

Equestrian

Rothbury Regional Scholarship & People's Choice recipient
It’s one of the few sports in the world where males and females are equal. It’s the only Olympic sport which involves another living being. Three Day Eventing is unique and Samantha dreams of making New Zealand proud at the 2020 Olympic and World Equestrian Games.

AMP People recipients

Claire George will use her AMP People Scholarship to help make a splash in underwater hockey, and Anna Livesey will connect people through comedy.

Underwater hockey
Comedy

Claire George

Underwater hockey

Making a splash in underwater hockey.

Anna Livesey

Comedy

Connecting people through comedy.