Fri 5 Jul 2019

Nursing student scholars

Six WITT students were presented with the Ham Memorial Scholarship recently, a helping hand made possible by the generosity of Waitara’s late Margaret Ham and her husband Len. 

Recipients of the Ham Memorial scholarship for 2019 are Jenna Heu, Renee Grayston, O’Jay Bailey, Anne Wharepapa, Ashley Harvey and Bryar Dunlop. All are currently studying the Bachelor of Nursing at WITT.

Graeme Orr, who coordinates the Scholarship on behalf of the North Taranaki Methodist Parish, visited WITT to present the scholarships to students.

Mr Orr recognised the students’ hard work in their studies so far, and shared some of his own experiences in serving people as an ex-police officer. He encouraged the students to continue on the important path they’ve started, saying “nursing is the people’s industry.”

The Ham Memorial Scholarship was set up in 2012 to assist nursing students, a field close to donor Margaret’s heart.  Preference is given to students who are studying at WITT, and who have a connection with Waitara High School.

Margaret Ham was a regular attendee at the Methodist Church and quietly supported by her husband Len. Originally from England, Margaret was a nursing midwife who came to New Zealand in 1954. She continued her career in nursing until retirement in the 1990s.

Margaret was a keen sportswoman and enjoyed tennis, badminton and indoor bowls. Fitness and physical health were a priority to her, something Mr Orr touched on in his speech. “Don’t underestimate how important it is to get the balance right between work, your study, and fitness and health,” he said.

Pictured: Graeme Orr, Renee Graystone, Jenna Heu and O'Jay Bailey.