St Cuthbert's College student wins Cambridge scholarship
Olivia Bennett, St Cuthbert's joint Dux in 2017, has won the prestigious Sir Douglas Myers scholarship to study at Cambridge University in the UK.
The 18-year-old top scholar will read Economics at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge – one the world's top universities.
John Taylor, convenor of the scholarship selection committee, said: "Olivia is not only a very talented scholar, but also has excellent all-round interests and abilities, which will serve her very well at Cambridge."
Olivia completed a calculus paper at the University of Auckland last year, while studying for eight scholarship papers at St Cuthbert's. She topped the College for History, Physics and Statistics in 2017, and was first in History, Spanish and English in 2016.
She was also highly commended as governor of the College's Year 13 Reserve Bank team in the National Monetary Policy Challenge. Olivia said: "Economics will equip me to work in successful and challenging corporations in my future career. It will also assist in my ultimate aim to establish and run a profitable social enterprise. I would also continue to engage in oratory and debating pursuits, as this will be the basis of a future political career back in New Zealand."
Sir Douglas Myers set up the scholarship in 2000 for academically gifted New Zealand students to go to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. The late Sir Douglas' hope was that those students would return home to become leaders in their chosen field. The $60,000 a year scholarship is for university fees and living costs.
Applications for the 2019 Sir Douglas Myers Scholarship are now open.