Menzies College principal Gerry Ward is “over the moon” at the amount of tertiary scholarships pupils have won.
Ten pupils have collected $128,000 between them to go towards their studies.
Mr Ward said usually only two or three pupils at the school earned scholarships.
“As a school we are ecstatic and it’s a reflection of a cohort of students who from day one have been conscientious students both academically and as citizens,” Mr Ward said.
Fourteen applied for scholarships out of the 34 who were in their final year of school.
“It makes university more accessible for the family,” he said.
The majority of the scholarships were awarded from the University of Otago with Taylor Stewart receiving a scholarship valued at $35,000.
Two pupils Beth Scott (17), and Erin Norman(18) received $16,000 each and Gabby Knapp, $10,000.
Five pupils received $6000.
The pupils applied for their scholarships but the university selection panel decided how much each would receive, he said.
Sarah Andrews also received a Massey University vice-chancellor’s scholarship of $21,000.
Sarah said she still could not believe she had received the scholarship which would help pay for her veterinary science degree.
“It’s really going to help with my first three years of uni. especially ’cause vet school is quite expensive compared to some other courses.”
Taylor said her $35,000 scholarship would cover her course costs for the first three years.
“I don’t have to work for my first couple of years – instead I can be focused on studying.
“It definitely reduces the stress.”