The 2014 New Zealand France Friendship Fund Excellence Scholarship has been awarded to Rebecca Grant.
The 25-year old student has been awarded $25,000 to study a Masters of International Development at the Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs. The Masters is a two-year programme, undertaken in both French and English. Rebecca’s studies will focus on thematic concentrations in global health and environment.
Rebecca has two First Class Honours degrees from the University of Otago – a Bachelor of Applied Science degree with Honours (BAppSc (Hons) First Class) in Nutrition and a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours (BA (Hons) First Class) in French. Her academic achievement at the highest level in her two chosen fields of study - science/nutrition and French language - make her a perfect candidate for the New Zealand France Friendship Fund Excellence Scholarship.
A former Head Prefect and Proxime Accesit of St Hilda’s Collegiate School in Dunedin, Rebecca has won many academic prizes, including the University of Otago Annie Aitken Memorial Prize for the highest level of attainment in the Honours year for the degree of Bachelor of Applied Sciences with Honours in 2013 and the University of Otago Scholarship in Arts in 2011. In 2009, she won the Alliance Française de Dunedin Special Prize for the best student in French at any level of University study.
Rebecca is also a talented triathlete, having represented New Zealand for six years in age group triathlon teams, placing second at the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in 2010 in her 20-24 years age group.
During her undergraduate studies at Otago, Rebecca completed an internship with the World Health Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland. Since completing her studies, she has worked for the Delegation of the European Union to New Zealand. She plans to gain field work experience in Ethiopia working for an international health organisation, before heading to Paris to begin her postgraduate studies in September.
This year’s French winner, Léa Girard, is studying at the Auckland University School of Biological Sciences. The 2013 New Zealand winner, Briony Bennett, is nearing the end of her ‘life changing’ MA in International Energy, also at Sciences Po.