We are proud to announce that Hawera High School students Madeline Pick and Noah Fortuin have been selected as the first recipients of the Rudi Milesi Scholarship gifted through Taranaki Foundation.

Madeline has had a busy final at Hawera High School juggling prefect responsibilities as deputy head girl alongside extracurricular sport, an after-school job, and academic studies.

She says she is “thrilled” to receive this scholarship towards her study at Massey Manawatu Campus to pursue a Bachelor of Veterinary Science.

“Next year I become financially independent from my family as I enter tertiary study; the support of the Taranaki Foundation will help to relieve some of the financial stress of accommodation and books so I can focus on my studies.” Madeline says.

Noah is passionate about drama and theatre and is determined to have a future career in performing arts.

He says he is “incredibly grateful” to receive this scholarship which will provide financial assistance as he starts his Bachelor of Arts at Waikato University in 2022.

“It is a huge privilege to receive this scholarship as a Taranaki boy ready to step out and expand his horizons. It means I am one step closer to fulfilling my dreams”. Says Noah.

In June 2021 the Rudi Milesi Estate was transferred to the Taranaki Foundation. Each year two scholarships of $1,250 each will be awarded. These scholarships aim to assist and encourage South Taranaki students who wish to complete a recognized tertiary qualification in the fields of Drama or Veterinary Science.

A massive well done and best of luck for your studies next year Madeline and Noah!

  • Read more about the Rudi Milesi Fund here 
  • Further information about Taranaki Foundation Scholarships can be found here