Amy Khun, a 19-year-old studying at Auckland for a conjoint Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology and Bachelor of Nursing, describes the impact of receiving an Alumni Scholarship as “life-changing”. The New Zealand-born Chinese-Cambodian student explains that her mother’s side of the family arrived here with very little. They were refugees from the “Killing Fields” of Cambodia, after the genocide of the 1970s. Her mother raised Amy and her sister on her own and with both daughters now studying, the financial stability that had taken so long to build up was at risk.
“The Alumni Scholarship has taken a lot of pressure off our little family,” she says. “It is extremely reassuring knowing that I am able to afford my studies without making budgeting at home any more difficult than it already is.” Apart from the financial benefit, the scholarship has given her added motivation to do her best, “knowing that there are people out there who believe in the potential I have to carry out my studies.”
She also feels a strong motivation to use her education to benefit the wider society once she joins the workforce. “I hope that my contribution will make a difference in other people’s lives in the same way that the scholarship has made a difference to mine.”