Degree Study Awards
The Second-Chance Education Degree Study Awards are for women who are enrolled in a New Zealand approved tertiary qualification, who have already completed one full year of their course and who do not already have a degree.
You never know what event or interest is going to inspire you to study. For Amy Nash it was meeting a deaf person at a social event. She developed an interest in becoming a sign language interpreter and enrolled at AUT to study a Bachelor of Arts in New Zealand Sign Language - English Interpreting Degree. Amy received a $4000 award sponsored by an anonymous donor in her final year of study, graduating in December 2018.
"Being an older student, coming into university for the first time and having two children, I was afraid I would fail. However, I surprised myself and managed to submit all my assignments on time and was honoured to receive the NZSL-English Interpreting Degree Deans award! The past 3 years have been challenging, having to raise children, manage the house-hold chores and balance time to study. However, my children were my main motivator and I am so pleased that I pushed through it all".
The Second-chance Education Award monies can be used in any way that helps your studies. Amy used them to prepare for her last papers. She purchased professional clothes for the practicum placement and paid for after-school care and baby sitters for her two young children. "Without the support I really would have struggled with the extra financial pressures which without a doubt would have impacted my studies and grades. I would like to thank New Horizons and the Anonymous Donor for supporting me".
Amy believes that as a mature student, she is able to take her education more seriously. She encourages everyone at all ages that it is never too late to study and to just take that leap of faith.