For the second year in a row, a St Cuthbert’s Old Girl is one of the three young New Zealanders to be awarded the prestigious Woolf Fisher Trust scholarships to study for a doctorate at the University of Cambridge (worth around $300,000). Athene Laws graduated from the College in 2010 and is currently studying for her BA Honours in Economics at Victoria University of Wellington. For her PhD she will study work incentives in welfare design looking at poverty alleviation and equity efficient trade-offs with the Faculty of Economics
Last year, Jane Leung received the same scholarship, following her studies at Imperial College, London and Auckland.
Sir Woolf Fisher (1912-1975), co-founder of Fisher and Paykel, set up his Trust in 1960 to recognise and reward excellence in education. Today it has become one of New Zealand’s largest education trusts. He was later knighted for his outstanding contribution to industry and education in New Zealand.
Sir Noel Robinson, Chairman of the Trust and Sir Woolf’s nephew, says, “These young New Zealanders have been selected for their outstanding academic ability and leadership potential as well as their integrity, boldness of vision and capacity for work – qualities which Sir Woolf valued.”