The 2020 funding round has now closed and applications are being reviewed.

18 Nov 2019

Scholarship: Cashmore Family Scholarship

The winner of the Acorn Foundation Cashmore Family scholarship at Tauranga Boys’ College for 2019 is Taina Maddigan-Ould. Taina is planning on studying towards a Bachelor of Science majoring in Marine Studies. His first year of study will be undertaken at Toi Ohomai and from there Waikato University. He already has a number of valuable qualifications towards his future career, including his day skipper's ticket. He also has a job this summer patrolling Tauranga’s waterways as a Maritime Patrol Officer for the Tauranga Regional Council and Harbourmasters Office. He was recently involved in the Tuia250 voyage aboard the Spirit of New Zealand from Gisborne to Whitianga. He learnt many valuable skills and also made an abundance of memories.

Taina has captained the sport of waka ama at Tauranga boys’ College for the past three years, and plans to pursue a career in marine biology once he has completed his degree. With this knowledge he one day wishes to own his dream business of a chartering company, which will operate outside of Tauranga. He hopes that he can pass on this knowledge to others and have an influence on the impact of global warming and pollution in our great oceans.

"When the opportunity for the Acorn Cashmore Family Scholarship arose I would never have thought I would be the final recipient. To say the least, this scholarship has changed my life. With a significant loss to my family earlier in the year, attending university was impossible due to lack of income and funds. As a result of being the successful recipient I am now able to attend University and pursue my dream. I am extremely grateful for this scholarship and the doors that both the Acorn Foundation and Cashmore family have opened for me. Without them and their tireless work for the community, this scholarship would never be available. I thank everyone from the Acorn Foundation and both Richard and Andrea Cashmore. In final, I will leave you with my favourite quote from the famous Greek philosopher Aristotle: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit".”

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