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Well done.... Celebrating the awarding of the Eastern Southland Women's Institute and Dr Victor Harris Memorial Trust scholarships on Thursday at the Eastern Southland Art Gallery are (back from left) Alice McAlister, Robyn Ross, Jane Forbes, Dr Peter Fettes and Donna Kerr. Seated at the front are (from left) Blue Mountain College pupil Grace Richardson, Gore High School pupil Hannah Kennedy, St Peter's College pupils Sian Hutchins and Alida Chay (all 18). PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Four pupils have received a helping hand towards next year’s tertiary studies.

At a function on Thursday at the Eastern Southland Art Gallery, two types of scholarships were presented.

Blue Mountain College pupil Grace Richardson and St Peter’s College pupil Sian Hutchins received the Victor Harris Memorial Trust Award, while Gore High School pupil Hannah Kennedy received the Eastern Southland Women’s Institute Award and St Peter’s College pupil Alida Chay a book token.

Dr Peter Fettes chaired the event at which Invercargill pharmacist Donna Kerr, formerly a recipient of the Dr Victor Harris Memorial Trust Award, spoke and helped present the awards.

Ms Kerr said she left Gore in about 1988 and studied pharmacy in Wellington.

“After I finished my pharmacy diploma I came back to Gore and did my internship at Quins Pharmacy.”

After a stint in Te Anau, Ms Kerr went to Invercargill and opened a pharmacy inside a supermarket.

“I want to tell you – girls can do anything.

“I had three male pharmacists who looked at me and laughed and said a pharmacy in a supermarket – you won’t last six months.

“I traded for 19 years at Countdown before they didn’t renew my lease.”

She had four pieces of advice for the scholarship recipients.

“If at first you don’t succeed, don’t give up.

“Always have a plan B. You might never have to use it but so long as you’ve got a plan B, plan A will usually succeed.

“Surround yourself with good people because it takes a village to raise a champion.

“Never burn a bridge that you may need to cross again in the future – always keep your options open.”

Luck had nothing to do with success.

“Success is due to hard work.”

It was the last time the Eastern Southland Women’s Institute would present a scholarship as the group had gone into recess.

The scholarship award recipients each received $1000.