Help can often come from the most unexpected places and for promising engineering students, their way may be paved by the kind actions of a former staff member at the University of Auckland, Edward Connolly.
One of the beneficiaries of this generosity, Oliver Haultain, explains how receiving an Edward Connolly Scholarship has supported him in his first year of study and in his goals for a future in engineering.
“My first semester was a real challenge and the scholarship helped remove the financial stress from it. I was able to get settled and find out where I fitted in before getting a job that suited my hours.”
Oliver says he’s enjoying his studies and is keeping his options open for his future career.
“If you look around you, everything has been engineered in some way. The further I go, the more fascinating I find it all. I’m thinking about getting into civil or mechanical engineering but I want to explore all the other specialities first. Eventually, I’m hoping I can take the things I’ve learned overseas, possibly to Europe.”
Edward Connolly was a dedicated staff member in the Engineering School for 20 years, joining the faculty in 1962 as a cleaner at the Ardmore Campus. When he retired in 1982 he had been through a series of promotions from Technical Storeman to Stores Steward.
When Edward passed away, he left his entire estate to the University of Auckland, with the commitment that it be used for providing bursaries and scholarships for engineering students. His memory and contribution to the Faculty of Engineering was immortalised in the naming of a scholarship.
Two Edward Connolly Scholarships are awarded each year – one to the applicant with the overall highest secondary school marks entering the Engineering degree, the second to the highest achieving student from outside of the Auckland region.