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Papakura Quota Supports Scholars

The Papakura Quota club in New Zealand supports students preparing for careers in audiology. The club distributed four scholarships in 2002, totaling N.Z.$3,500, augmented by Fellowship Partners Matching Grants from the We Share Foundation.

The club offered one large scholarship of $2,000 to a woman in her second year of study in the Master of Audiology program at Auckland University. Mary O’Keefe completed undergraduate work in audiology in the late 1970s and then raised a family. After more than two decades, she returned to school-and Quota was delighted to help her.

Quota scholarship recipient Mary O'Keefe (right) with QI of Papakura past club president Carol Shearer.

Sure to Make Their Mark

“Mary is an inspiring candidate,” says Papakura club president and scholarship chair Sylvia Rhind. “She is returning to the workforce and is dedicated to leaving her mark on the field of audiology.”

Since the scholarship committee found the other candidates deserving as well, the club decided to award them $500 grants. “Each of these people showed interest in clinical audiology or research, which made it impossible to choose one above the other! They are all sure to make their presence felt in audiology throughout New Zealand,” Sylvia adds.

Grant recipients plan to work in hospitals, hearing clinics, and private audiology clinics. “They may also, as in the case of the previous scholarship winners, continue with research into hearing-related problems. Some of our past winners have gained worldwide recognition for their research,” Sylvia notes.

Scholarships from Quota International of Papakura are the only study grants available to graduate audiology students in New Zealand, according to Sylvia. “Our club members believe this is the most efficient way to help the majority of people with hearingdifficulties.”

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