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Three students shortlisted for ACG Founders’ Scholarship

“Education is an enormously satisfying area to work in and it’s a joy to see young people enjoying what they’re doing and succeeding at it.”


Three students have been shortlisted for the inaugural ACG Founders’ Scholarship, worth up to $75,000.

The scholarship, awarded annually from 2018, is open to any ACG secondary school student in New Zealand who plans to commence a course of university study the following year. It is funded through the ACG Education Fund.

The scholarship will recognise outstanding academic ability as well as personal qualities for future success such as integrity, leadership, boldness of vision, drive, energy and a capacity for work.

ACG co-founder Dawn Jones, CNZM, one of the three-member interview panel, said the scholarship honoured everyone involved in developing Senior College more than 25 years ago, and it was a privilege to have remained involved.

“Education is an enormously satisfying area to work in and it’s a joy to see young people enjoying what they’re doing and succeeding at it.”

She said the quality of applicants in the scholarship’s inaugural year was high and establishing a short list had been a difficult process.

The interview panel was Dawn Jones, CNZM; Clarence van der Wel, ACG Schools CEO; and Matthew Pasley, Partner at Keegan Alexander.

The shortlisted students are:

Alex Pentchev, ACG Parnell College

With a passion for the molecular world where Chemistry and Biology intersect, Alex’s aim is to undertake a Science degree majoring in Biochemistry at Oxford University, then study medicine. “My ambition is to work in medical research, focusing on drug design in treating and curing specific diseases.” Earlier this year, Alex represented New Zealand on an international scientific research internship in Africa’s Great Rift Valley.

Caleb Probine, ACG Parnell College

Caleb is passionate about Physics, Maths and Computer Studies and hopes to undertake an Engineering degree at an Australian university, majoring in Mechatronics. Eventually he would like to work in research and development in an entrepreneurial context, contributing creatively to New Zealand’s growing technological sector. “It’s relevance to our modern life provides the opportunity for service to New Zealand or the world in a meaningful way.”

Daniel Marshall, ACG Strathallan

Daniel has a strong interest in current affairs and world news and is interested in employing technology in innovative and creative ways to find solutions to world problems. His aim is to undertake a Science degree, majoring in Computer Science, and one day start his own technology company. “This could be physical robotics or a software application – something that makes the world a better place.”

The winner of the inaugural ACG Founders’ Scholarship will be announced at the end-of-year prizegiving.