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Cambridge beckons for top engineering student

19 August 2015

Jade Leung Scholarship recipient

A head for engineering and a heart for humanity have paved the way for a University of Auckland Scholar from Parnell to attend the University of Cambridge.

Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) student Jade Leung will begin a Masters in Environmental Policy at the prestigious English university in October.

The St Cuthbert’s Dux says the assistance she received via a University of Auckland Scholarship awarded at the beginning of her degree was incredibly valuable. She is encouraging school leavers with outstanding academic results to consider applying for the scholarship.

“As well as the significant financial relief, the community of other scholars and the staff that support scholarship winners were incredible and have been a great source of inspiration over the years,” Jade says.

“It is a truly diverse network that has helped me to grow as a person, and allowed me to become involved in social issues that I and my fellow scholars care deeply about.”

The University of Auckland Scholarship provides tuition fees for three years of fulltime study as well as any course-related compulsory fees. It recognises academic excellence as well as leadership potential and all-round ability.

Jade is passionate about helping others. During her studies she was a founding member of The Learning Collaborative, a social enterprise delivering youth-to-youth educational services; CEO of P3 Foundation, a youth charity against extreme poverty; and a volunteer with Engineers without Borders, which delivers humanitarian engineering assistance to impoverished communities in the South Pacific region.

She is travelling to The University of Cambridge on a William Georgetti Scholarship, which supports postgraduate research of importance to the social, cultural or economic development of New Zealand.

“My intention is to build on my technical background in environmental engineering to improve and influence the manner in which environmental policy is designed and implemented. I'm particularly passionate about policy challenges at the intersection of core sectors (water, energy, and food), the economy and society.”

Applications for the 2016 round of The University of Auckland Scholarships close on August 25. Up to 100 are awarded each year. Visit for details of this and other scholarships available at the University of Auckland.

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Danelle Clayton 

Communications Office

The University of Auckland

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