Alwyn Thompson Scholarship
Ena and Alwyn Thompson were brother and sister. They farmed in the Hinewa/Otumoetai Road area and grew Chinese gooseberries. Ena was one of the first people to try refrigerating them for transportation and sent some to the South Island. Neither married or had any children and, accordingly, Alwyn left his estate to Ena when he died.
Ena wanted to honour her brother’s life with by setting up two scholarships:
The Alwyn Robert Thompson Veterinary Science Scholarship due to Alwyn’s love of animals; and The Alwyn Robert Thompson Law Scholarship as Ena was close friends with Joy Drayton, former principal at Tauranga Girl’s College and Chancellor at the University of Waikato. Together they wanted to grow the law programme at the University of Waikato and ensure its continuation, so they chose a preference for the scholarship to be for a student attending Waikato University.
Each scholarship is worth $2,500 and is available to applicants from Tauranga Boy’s College, Tauranga Girl’s College and Otumoetai College.
Applications are made directly via the schools.