Student Stories

“You get to meet the people that are helping you get through university and you know that these people are actually here to look out for you.”

Sophie

Student

What are you studying, and why did you choose it?

I’m currently studying Architecture at Victoria University. From a young age I was always into architecture and as I got older my fascination continued. When I was about 13 my great uncle gave me these huge books on architecture, and I have been hooked ever since. I knew that it was going to be hard but as soon as I had finished my first week at University I knew it was what I was meant to be doing.

What difference has the Keystone Study Award made to you?

Receiving the Keystone Study Award has meant that I have received so many extra opportunities than what you would normally receive as a student. I have been able to get insight into what the property and construction industry is like with the amazing sites we get to visit with our sponsors and talking with the people who are in this industry. Being exposed to so many people with different knowledge and backgrounds gives us the upper hand because it helps us understand the property industry as a whole, not just the area we are working in. The people that I have met through Keystone has made me have a deeper appreciation for what I’m working towards and I feel like I wouldn’t have that if it wasn’t for the keystone scholarship. I really look forward to working along side and continue to learn from the people I have met through keystone. This is why the keystone scholarship is so different. You get to meet the people that are helping you get through university and you know that these people are actually here to look out for you. They aren’t just here to give you money. 

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What is your favourite memory with Keystone so far?

My favourite memory with Keystone so far would have to be the first mindfulness session that we did. At the end of the day it felt like everyone had come together as a team and we had closer bonds with each other. It also definitely helped me and my mindset going into my first year at university. 

What are you looking forward to in 2020?

I’m really looking forward to taking that extra step next year to becoming more independent. It will be a massive change and probably tough but I think it will be a great learning curve for me. I’m also really looking forward to my internship with Buchan over the summer holidays. I feel that this is really going to give me an insight into what the real world is like after my studies and I can’t wait to learn more. This would never have been possible without Keystone. 

What advice would you give for other students applying for a scholarship?

If you are applying for a scholarship my advice to you would be to not doubt yourself. Keystone focuses on who you are. You don’t have to be the best at everything, you just have to be yourself and that’s what matters at the end of the day. You might surprise yourself because I certainly did!  

“…most importantly Keystone makes you feel like your part of a family, which no other scholarship offers.”

Kamal

Student

What are you studying, and why did you choose it?

I am currently studying a bachelor of property conjoint with commerce, the reason I chose this degree is I have always been interested with the property industry as I realized there will always be a need for it. I also wanted to pick a degree in which I was passionate about and I have always been passionate about property because of the benefits that it brings to peoples lives for example in order for Keystone events to occur and for me to network and learn things from people in the industry we need a venue (which is a property) and without this it wouldn’t be able to occur. 

What difference has the Keystone Study Award made to you?

The keystone award has made so much of a difference to me, as its allowed me to get a job with Bayleys real estate and start learning about how the property industry works. It also has given me the opportunity to get work experience in the industry helping me not only learn about the theory of property but actually learn and develop skills that can only be achieved through being in the work force. Keystone also has set up a whole network for me, which will help me out a lot after university when I start making big decisions about what area of property I want to specialize in and what company I would like to work for. Lastly it has given me a large amount of financial support, which helps drive me to want to succeed and have a positive impact on the industry in the future. 

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What is your favourite memory with Keystone so far?

My favorite memory with Keystone so far was the group activities and sports days, I find that the group activities really helped build good relationships between lots of the keystone students making it feel like a big family. Working together and collaborating with each of the students during group activities is super fun and definitely made me feel a part of the trust, which I think is very important. 

Why is the Keystone Scholarship different to other scholarships?

I believe the Keystone scholarship is the best scholarship that you can get and is different to other scholarships, as I find that Keystone is not only helping set myself up to get through university it will help me for the rest of my life. I think that other scholarships only help you out financially through university, whereas the Keystone scholarship helps you network setting you up with a job after university (or during) and most importantly Keystone makes you feel like your part of a family, which no other scholarship offers. 

What are you looking forward to in 2020?

I am looking forward to continue my degree next year especially considering I am finally going to get the opportunity to do more property papers, as in first year property degree at the University of Auckland your forced to do the seven core business papers and only do one property paper.

What advice would you give for other students applying for a scholarship?

The advice I would give to other students applying for this scholarship is theirs nothing to lose just apply for the Keystone scholarship and believe in yourselves because I almost chose not to apply for this scholarship because I did not think I would get it and I ended up getting it!

“The networking events and site visits have introduced me to a range of people and companies, which I believe puts my foot in the door for my future career as a surveyor.”

Blair

Student

What are you studying, and why did you choose it?

I am currently in my first year at the Univeristy of Otago, studying a Bachelor of Surveying. Since first starting, school, I have loved maths and numbers, and at high school my favourite subject was geography. I chose to study surveying as I believe it is a great mix between these two.

What difference has the Keystone Study Award made to you?

The Keystone study award has made a huge difference in more ways than financial. The amount of support and networking between people already in the indurstry has been extremely beneficial. I have been able to meet so many people entering the construction industry, and people who are already in the industry. Alongside this comes the financial support that Keystone offers, which has helped greatly with my university costs.

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What is your favourite memory with Keystone so far?

So far my favourite memory at Keystone was the July’s wellness workshop in Auckland. Being able to learn about physical and mental wellbeing, as well as some fun team building activities really brought us students closer together. It was an exciting day, and it is allways good to have a break fromuni and just see what the other students are up to!

How have you connected with our sponsor family?

Keystone has allowed me to make connections with students and people in the construction industry all across New Zealand. The networking events and site visits have introduced me to a range of peple and companies, which I believe puts my foot in the door for my future career as a surveyor.

Why is the Keystone Scholarship different to other scholarships?

The Keystone Scholarship is different from any other scholarship as it is not just about the money. Keystone offers so much support in so many different ways, from networking events, site visits and mentors, the support that Keystone offers is like no other scholarship

What are you looking forward to in 2020?

This year I am currently in my introductory year of surveying, so I am looking forward to beginning my Bachelor’s degree in Surveying!

What advice would you give for other students applying for a scholarship?

You have nothing at all to lose! Spen some time on your application, focuing on your achievements and why you believe you deserve this scholarship! Be confident and back youself!

“Being a recipient of the Keystone Scholarship is like being welcomed into a family, the support and help you receive is amazing!”

Jayden

Student

What are you studying, and why did you choose it?

I am currently studying towards a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), majoring in Civil Engineering. I have always been interested in construction and knew I wanted to pursue a career in that industry, but for a long time I was unsure of what area I wanted to go into. At first I was looking at heading towards getting a trade, but I took a liking to maths and physics at school and found a passion for designing different things. This changed my career direction and I pursue Engineering as it involved more of my interests and preferred subjects.

What difference has the Keystone Study Award made to you?

The keystone award has made a massive positive influence to my studies. As well as the financial support that helped me get to University, Keystone Trust has helped prove to me that my choice to pursue Engineering as a career was the right move. The resources that Keystone provides from mentors and buddies, to networking events and the wellbeing workshops have all played a part in helping me get through University so far. The mentors that Keystone provides for us throughout the year are also invaluable. It gives you a chance to ask any questions about the industry you are going into from someone who is currently there. I had heaps of questions coming into my first year of study as I did not know a lot about the industry. My mentor has been amazing and answered all the questions I have had, giving me a better insight and understanding into what I am studying towards.

The wellbeing workshops Keystone held during the year really helped me get a better understanding of how to take care of myself. When first starting University, it was pretty daunting and moving to a different city made it that much harder. The wellbeing workshop Keystone provided at the start of the year taught us about how to deal with stress and gave different ways to take care of yourself, as well as the importance of it.

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What is your favourite memory with Keystone so far?

I have enjoyed the site visits the most so far. We got to take a look around University of Canterbury’s new building while it was still being constructed. This was a really cool experience getting to see a project that had not yet been completed. It is now the building where our student nights are held each week, and it is amazing to see how they transformed it from when I first saw it to the place it is today.

How have you connected with our sponsor family?

I have talked with sponsors at networking events which has been really fun and eye opening to attend. I am really looking forward to potentially working for the sponsor companies and getting great experience.

Why is the Keystone Scholarship different to other scholarships?

Being a recipient of the Keystone Scholarship is like being welcomed into a family. The support and help you receive is amazing and it is so unique compared to other scholarships where they give you money and send you on your way. Keystone is always interested in what we are doing and how we are finding our courses. The networking events they host with sponsors gives you connections where you can meet people on the industry and gain useful contacts. The mentoring and buddy systems they have in place adds to the list of support you receive. Having someone who has already been through what you are going through is such a good resource to have. Any questions about the course or even just university life they are not happy for you to ask.

What are you looking forward to in 2020?

Next year I am really looking forward to more site visits the most, it is so cool experiencing a construction site and seeing everything that is going on. As well as the site visits, the wellbeing workshop is another thing I am looking forward to. Having everyone from keystone together and seeing how they are going and sharing

What advice would you give for other students applying for a scholarship?

It is definitely worth it. Put time into your application and make sure it is as good as possible. You do not want to miss out on this scholarship. Keystone trust really takes you under their wing and pushes you to do your best and succeed. They are always there to help and offer as much support as you need.

“During my first year with Keystone, I received heaps of support from the Keystone family, everyone is always willing to help me grow and I have learned so much about the industry”

Rose

Student

What are you studying, and why did you choose it?

I am currently studying for Bachelor of Engineering. I choose this degree because of 2 things: I am interested in things such as spatial designs, problem solving, both of which are important aspects of engineering.
I choose this degree because I also know that this is a profession that allows me to innovate and help people.

What difference has the Keystone Study Award made to you?

The Keytone Study Award has so much to offer and being part of it has made a massively positive difference to me.
 During my first year with Keystone, I received heaps of support from the Keystone family, everyone is always willing to help me grow and I have learned so much about the industry through mentors and networking opportunities, things that I think will help me, vastly, to integrate into my career.

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What is your favourite memory with Keystone so far?

My personal favorite are the networking events, its so intimidating yet so interesting talking to all sorts of people from different part of the industry, trying to make connections. Its my
favorite because this is such a valuable opportunity.

How have you connected with our sponsor family?

I have connected with the sponsor family through mentoring and networking events. Every one in the industry is nice and always want to help.

Why is the Keystone Scholarship different to other scholarships?

This scholarship is not just a monetary award, when you join the Keystone Scholarship, you are joining a new big family, you have a few more people to catch up with, people that care and wants to help in any way they can. You also get many unique opportunities, like participating in site visits at very interesting sites, networking events, your own mentors and help from other students.

What are you looking forward to in 2020?

Another year with Keystone and second year of my degree. I really enjoy studying my degree(though at times exhausting), knowing that I have Keystone behind my back I feel at ease and optimistic.

What advice would you give for other students applying for a scholarship?

This scholarship is absolutely worth it. But note this scholarship is not just about the money and not just looking for the brightest person in your school. The Study Awards is dedicated to helping those who
needs it the most and has potential. Don’t think just because you’re not Dux of your school, you shouldn’t try and apply for a $15,000 scholarship – Apply now!!

“Getting advice from those who have worked in the field of architecture for many years is something I will always remember and carry with me throughout my journey at university.” 

Tala

Student

What are you studying, and why did you choose it?

I am currently doing my Bachelors in Architectural studies at Unitec. I chose this pathway as I have always dreamt of being an architect since early years in college. Not only has it been a dream of mine, but also a dream of my parents as they have always wanted me to help rebuild family homes back in Samoa where I come from. Architecture has always been a goal of mine to study and my first year studying this is going really great.

What difference has the Keystone Study Award made to you?

Having the Keystone award and also the support I receive from my Keystone family has been a great help to me during my first year of studying Architecture. Not only has it helped me financially, but has also been an eye opener for me to many things in the field of architecture. Attending site visits with the trust has played a big part for me as I actually get to see what happens in the field of architecture and everything around it.

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What is your favourite memory with Keystone so far?

So far, attending all the keystone events have been a favourite memory to me as I get to meet who I could possibly be working with or for in the future. From the first event, to the pub quiz, to the get together just before second semester, all events have been great and very memorable. 

How have you connected with our sponsor family?

Getting to meet the sponsor family members at most events have been a great experience for me as i have had good conversations. Getting advice from those who have worked in the field of architecture for many years is something I will always remember and carry with me throughout my journey at university.

Why is the Keystone Scholarship different to other scholarships?

To me personally, other scholarships seem to only help financially with tertiary fees and other financial funding. However, the Keystone Scholarship not only helps financially, but also offers a mentoring programme and buddy programme where you are given a mentor from the industry you hope to work for and a buddy from the same university as you. The keystone scholarship also provides a very good networking platform where you get to meet new people in the industries who you might work for or with in the future.

What are you looking forward to in 2020?

What I am looking forward to next year is seeing what university has for me in my second year of studying a bachelors of architectural studies. I also look forward to meeting new people who will soon join the keystone family and hopefully get to assist the first year students whenever I can.

What advice would you give for other students applying for a scholarship?

For those applying for the keystone scholarship, I advise that you be yourself and follow what you truly believe and dream of. For those who will be joining the Keystone Family soon, I advise that you take up every opportunity you receive and use it to the best of your ability as it could help you in the long run. Not only this, but it could also teach you things just as I did every time I attended the site visits so be open minded wherever you go and take in every bit of advice you may receive during your journey.

“Keystone has also been a major support academically and through networking, introducing me to a network of my peers studying engineering.”

Carolyne

Student

What are you studying, and why did you choose it?

I am studying Engineering at UC. I love science and math, so engineering gave me an opportunity to apply science to real world applications and directly better the lives of others.

What difference has the Keystone Study Award made to you?

The award has enabled me to focus on studying and doing well this year. Without Keystone I would have to take up part time work this year to support myself. Keystone has also been a major support academically and through networking. Introducing me to a network of my peers studying engineering and helping set me up with a summer internship has been great. 

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What is your favourite memory with Keystone so far?

Support events, such as our well being workshops with all the keystone students has been my favorite part of the year. 

How have you connected with our sponsor family?

I will be working with Harrison Greirson this summer, who I was introduced to through a sponsor evening in Christchurch. 

Why is the Keystone Scholarship different to other scholarships?

Keystone is unique as it provides more than monetary support. It has a support network and sponsor network which sets us up with important connections to the property workforce, giving us an early foot in the door. 

What are you looking forward to in 2020?

I’m looking forward to welcoming the new Keystone students, and hopefully making them feel as welcome in the keystone family as I felt when I arrived at the end of last year. As well as specializing in my degree.

What advice would you give for other students applying for a scholarship?

My best piece of advice is apply for everything and trust in yourself. When I was looking at scholarships I was certain I wasn’t going to get the Keystone award but Victoria and the team must have seen something in me and I am thankful that they have shown me I am more capable than I thought. 

“I feel privileged and lucky to attend all Keystone events, the site visits, talking to my mentor and meeting the Keystone family.”

Christelle

Student

What are you studying, and why did you choose it?

I am studying the Bachelor of Architecture at Unitec, I chose to study architecture because I love designing, creating and drawing. Since I came to New Zealand my interest in building has increased and I was thrilled to know more. That’s why I decided to study architecture. 

What difference has the Keystone Study Award made to you?

Being a Keystone student helped me a lot both financially and emotionally. Through my first year I had some ups and downs which affected me emotionally, getting a chance to attend Kyle’s workshops and talking to Victoria really helped a lot. I feel privileged and lucky to attend all Keystone events, the site visits, talking to my mentor and meeting the Keystone family.

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What is your favourite memory with Keystone so far?

It hard to pick my favourite Keystone Event because I had a great time attending every single one of them and I learnt a lot, but Kyle’s workshops will always be my favourite they had a big impact on my life, I am very grateful.

How have you connected with our sponsor family?

My first time meeting the Keystone sponsor family I was nervous I didn’t know what to say to them, then I came to realize that the sponsors are actually nice and they are easy to talk too, they talk to us like their own family.

Why is the Keystone Scholarship different to other scholarships?

The Keystone scholarship is a scholarship like no other because they don’t only help financially they help us throughout our careers they make us dream big by connecting us with the sponsors and taking us to big site visits to gives us a clear picture of what we will be doing after our studies. They check up on us to make sure we are on the right track. They Organize fun Keystone events throughout the year.

What are you looking forward to in 2020?

I am looking forward to starting a new year with Keystone and to meeting the new Keystone students. I can’t wait to see what Keystone has in store for us in 2020.

What advice would you give for other students applying for a scholarship?

My advice to new students applying for a scholarship: when applying for a scholarship aim for a scholarship that will help you throughout your career like Keystone Trust.

“With Keystone, you become part of a family for life, who are with you for every step of your journey into the property industry.”

Lucy

Student

What are you studying, and why did you choose it?

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Urban Planning (Honours) at the University of Auckland. I chose to study urban planning as I have always been interested in the designing and planning of urban spaces and was looking for a career that would allow me to create positive change within my community.

What difference has the Keystone Study Award made to you?

Receiving the Keystone Study Award has made a huge difference to me. Since becoming a part of the Keystone family, I have been exposed to many facets of the property industry and have been able to network with those working in the sector. Through the Trust, I have been fortunate enough to experience a wide variety of amazing opportunities, which have further inspired and fuelled my excitement about entering the industry. I am so grateful to the Trust, who are incredibly supportive and have allowed me to get a head start in life. Simply put, receiving this award has been a life changing experience.

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What is your favourite memory with Keystone so far?

My favourite memories would have to be the site visits Keystone set up with its sponsor family. It is fascinating to see the ‘behind the scenes’ of construction projects at various stages of completion, and to be able to talk to the minds behind such amazing projects. 

How have you connected with our sponsor family?

I’m currently fortunate enough to be working with one of Keystone’s sponsors as an intern, giving me insight into what it is like to work in the property industry. Further, I have enjoyed networking with various sponsors at different Keystone Events. 

Why is the Keystone Scholarship different to other scholarships?

The Keystone Study Award is unlike any scholarship that I have come across. The support and guidance that Keystone gives, and the events they organise, are invaluable. With Keystone, you become part of a family for life, who are with you for every step of your journey into the property industry.

What are you looking forward to in 2020?

I am looking forward to entering my second year of urban planning, learning more about the industry, meeting new people, and attending more Keystone events. 

What advice would you give for other students applying for a scholarship?

Take your time crafting and completing your application, to ensure that it shows your passion and drive for the area of the property industry you are interested in. Most importantly, be confident and be yourself.

“The programme helped me settle into University and helped me become more confident with my studies”

Asalemo

Student

What are you studying, and why did you choose it?

I am studying a Bachelor of Engineering. I chose to study Engineering as I felt it was the best way I could give back to my community and my family. I wish to help families who are without houses and to fulfill my dream of building both my grandparents’ homes back in Samoa.

What difference has the Keystone Study Award made to you?

The Keystone Trust Study Award made the difference to me not only academically but also in regards to work. Throughout the year I had university support through my buddy and wingman, and I was able to attend events such as the sponsor showcases, speed networking and site visit. These gave me some more options of what I could do in the future. Being a Keystone student makes me a step ahead in front of everyone else.

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What is your favourite memory with Keystone so far?

My favourite memory with Keystone this past year was meeting all the people involved with the Trust during the Awards Evening, particularly my first in 2017. Hearing the alumni talk about their experiences with Keystone and how it has really benefitted them by providing a foot in the door in the property industry. They also talked about how you gain a second family. The welcoming and family environment of that night was when I knew that it the best decision I have ever made and that is why it’s my favourite memory so far.

How have connected with our sponsor family?

I am currently working with Dominion Constructors Ltd, who are a sponsor. I have learnt so much in the weeks I have been with them and truly grateful for the opportunity to work alongside a team with so much experience and knowledge.

Why is the Keystone scholarship different to other scholarships?

The Keystone Scholarship is different from other scholarships as it provides opportunities to attend events throughout the year. These events allow us see the different pathways that we could pursue in the industry and give us the chance to connect with the sponsors. The Keystone Scholarship also gave me the opportunity to work in the industry and experience first hand what I could potentially be doing in the future.

What have you gained from the buddy and wingman programme?

The buddy programme has helped me a lot this year as I was able to learn from my buddy’s past experiences. They also taught me how to overcome the university obstacles that I encounter. The programme helped me settle in to university and helped me become more confident with my studies.

What are you looking forward to in 2019?

In 2019 I am looking forward to the second year of my studies and all that it holds for me. I am also looking forward to meeting new people and hearing the different stories and backgrounds of people involved within the industry.

What advice would you give for other students applying for the keystone scholarship?

Applying for the Keystone scholarship was the best decision I ever made. My advice for future students is that Keystone isn’t just about money – it’s about the support that’s always there for you and all the opportunities that Keystone offers with sponsor showcases, site visits and the chance to connect with people in the industry

“They are always there for a chat if you’re struggling or just need someone to talk to”

Ethan

Student

What are you studying, and why did you choose it?

I’m studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.) I chose this degree as it involves subjects I am good at and enjoy such as physics, calculus and geography. It also allows me to be a part of the creative process through which an idea can be made into a physical reality through drawings, consultation and development.

What difference has the Keystone Study Award made to you?

The Keystone Trust Study Award has made a significant to my life as it has brought me into the Keystone family! It’s comforting yet motivating to have others outside of your immediate family that care about your academics and your wellbeing and I’m incredibly appreciative of all the opportunities I have been offered. Financially, Keystone has taken a huge stress away, as I can focus entirely on my studies rather than having to work other jobs.

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What is your favourite memory with Keystone so far?

Attending the AECOM showcase was good as it really opened my eyes to the vast opportunities available for engineers in their company, and I am now interested in pursuing an internship with them in the future. Also, having a yarn with Sam Wallace the weather man at the 2018 Awards Evening was great. He seemed very interested in my story, and it resulted in a shoutout during his speech at the awards.

How have you connected with our sponsor family?

I had my sponsor catch up with Simone from AECOM who is also the head of the Alumni committee. We had a long chat about what her professional life entailed and how she got there, and talked about the transition from study to working life. I have also interacted with sponsors at events such as the speed networking evening.

Why is the Keystone Scholarship different to other scholarships?

The Keystone scholarship offers much more than just the financial help that most scholarships boast even though Keystone was one of the most significant financial scholarships I came across. The perks of the scholarship are the three ladies working for the Trust and it really shows through all the events and opportunities all the students are invited to. If there is anything you need that is related to your studies such as jobs, internships, or contacts Victoria, Louella and Jenny sort it out. They are always there for a chat if you’re struggling or just need someone to talk to.

What have you gained from the buddy and wingman programme?

The buddy and wingman programmes have allowed me to feel more involved and a part of the Trust over the year. I feel that the initiative advocated friendliness, mentoring and was the start of a few great friendships. My buddy Brad has done a great job this year of explaining the nuance of university to me, making it seem less scary by sharing his own anecdotes. My wingman Karuna gave me interesting insight from a junior engineer who is settling into working life which was very helpful.

What are you looking forward to in 2019?

I’m looking forward to attending the years events with more confidence and already knowing everyone involved in the Trust will help me really get the most out of the year. I’m also excited to specialise within my degree, allowing me to study more of what I am passionate about and what I came to university to pursue.

What advice would you give for other students applying for a scholarship?

My advice would be to as sure as possible in what you want to study and let the real interest and passion you have for the industry shine through in your application and interview. You don’t need to worry and be nervous, if it is meant to be, the panel will recognise that you belong in the industry. The selection is equally (if not more) about who you are as a person as well as how well you did at school and I cannot stress that enough.

“Keystone cares for its students and works hard to ensure we have the tools to thrive and progress in our chosen degrees”

Ioana

Student

What are you studying, and why did you choose it?

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) degree at the University of Auckland. I have always loved problem solving – even at kindergarten the puzzle corner was where I spent most of my time. With a curiosity for how things function, the multiple facets of Engineering are engaging. Engineering done right improves and saves lives. I chose to study Engineering for its unique combination of mathematics, science and innovation.

What difference has the Keystone study Award made to you?

The Keystone Study Award has enabled me to make meaningful connections with others who are interested in a similar field and career path. While the financial aspect of the scholarship has been very helpful, the support and mentoring of the Keystone family has also been invaluable. The Keystone Study Award has solidified my passion in pursuing Engineering as a career and has given me added motivation and direction in my studies.

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What is your favourite memory with Keystone so far?

The various Auckland construction site visits were a highlight of my first year with Keystone. We have been fortunate to be shown around construction sites and exposed to the process of major commercial construction. Touring construction sites also afforded the opportunity to get to know other Keystone Study Award recipients and make connections across our areas of study within the property industry.

How have you connected with our sponsor family?

I have been able to connect with many Keystone sponsors through events including speed networking, quiz night, awards evening, team meetings and sponsor showcases. At these events it is interesting to hear the different career pathways and the pace, vibrancy and opportunities in the property industry. It is a privilege to connect with the Keystone sponsors in a variety of settings as they are willing to share their wealth of knowledge and experience.

Why is the Keystone Scholarship different to other scholarships?

The Keystone scholarship not only helps students financially but gives students the support and connections needed to be successful in the property industry. Keystone cares for its students and works hard to ensure we have the tools to thrive and progress in our chosen degrees. Unlike other monetary scholarships, Keystone is a long-term and sustained programme which supports students’ aspirations.

What have you gained from the buddy and wingman programme?

It is a privilege to have one on one conversations and mentoring as part of the buddy and wingman programme. Through this programme I have been able to communicate my successes and challenges, and gain feedback and advice. Keystone values meaningful relationships and this programme has allowed me meet people who I look up to.

What are you looking forward to in 2019?

I look forward to specialising in my Engineering degree and continuing to be curious, and to learn and broaden my knowledge of the property sector. 2019 will allow for continued opportunities for study, work, sport and meeting new people. I am looking forward to the many Keystone events and opportunities.

What advice would you give for other students applying for a scholarship?

While applying for scholarships it is important to have a clear purpose. Curiosity, passion and enjoyment are key in engaging with studies and interests. Confidence and humility in your achievements coupled with a positive, outward-looking attitude will take you far. Back yourself!

“The experience and opportunities you will receive is one that many others could only dream of”

Julius

Student

What are you studying, and why did you choose it? 

I’m studying a Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying). I chose this qualification because as I young boy I had a passion for buildings and enjoyed watching projects coming together. I helped my dad do small jobs around the house such as building fences and decks, and when he passed away I decided to study Construction to expand my knowledge in the industry. Working in the Construction industry is an opportunity to change and develop the quality of housing for families with lower incomes.

What difference has the Keystone Study Award made to you? 

The Keystone Trust Study Award has created countless opportunities for me. I have been able to explore the inner workings of construction at various stages, and being the eldest in the family, it has inspired my siblings to work hard in school and strive to be the best they can be.

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What is your favourite memory with Keystone so far?

This year I have attended almost all of the Keystone events, which I have enjoyed thoroughly. By far, one of my favourite events of the year would be the site visits. These visits are good because we are able to visit a wide range of sites as being built from the foundation up and talk with project managers.

How have you connected with our sponsor family? 

I have connected greatly with the sponsorship family, and they have all been very supportive in my journey. I have made some great friendships along the way.

Why is the Keystone Scholarship different to other scholarships?

What makes the Keystone Scholarship so unique is the support from the industry, current students, alumni and mentors who help you to find a balance in university life.

What have you gained from the buddy and wingman programme? 

This year I was lucky to be partnered with a buddy who is one of the older construction students. I got the opportunity to absorb a lot of knowledge from him about the construction industry, work and university.

What are you looking forward to in 2019?

In 2019 I’m looking forward to working with others in the industry and learning from them. I’m also looking forward to playing more hockey.

What advice would you give for other students applying for a scholarship?

Keystone is like no other scholarship you have see before! The experience and opportunities you will receive is one that many others could only dream of. Being taken under the wing of such an influential organisation is an opportunity not to be missed.

“With Keystone by my side I think the coming year will be a great one”

Timothy

Student

What are you studying, and why did you choose it?

I was studying a Bachelor of Architecture this year. During my final years of high school my tech teachers were a huge part of my life and still are to this day. This was part of the reason I chose to pursue a career in architecture.

What difference has the Keystone Study Award made to you?

Starting out on my journey was no easy task and I was faced with many challenges. This is where the Keystone Trust Study Award has made a huge difference to me. The team have been there for me when I have struggled, and pushed me to keep going and not give up. I can honestly say that without the Keystone scholarship I wouldn’t have discovered a Bachelor of Construction Management, which is what I will be moving to in 2019.

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What is your favourite memory with Keystone so far?

My favourite memories of this year with the Keystone family had to be the Awards Evening. It was a time where we were welcoming new recipients to the scholarship and hearing their stories and background, and I caught up with the past and fellow recipients who I can proudly call friends. They were able to give me a lot of helpful advice moving into the coming year.

How have you connected with our sponsor family?

During the year I have had great opportunity thanks to Keystone and the sponsor family. I have had part time work relating to my studies and it’s an opportunity that I saw a lot of others in my classes did not have but were envious off.

Why is the Keystone Scholarship different to other scholarships?

This is what I believe separates The Keystone scholarship from others, they provide friendships, mentoring, above and beyond guidance but most of all The Keystone Family.

What have you gained from the buddy and wingman programme?

Through your this year my buddy was a massive help. He checked up on to see if there was any work that I need help with and always tried his best to find a way to give me that support. I learnt a lot from the advice he provided as well.

What are you looking forward to in 2019?

These are also only a few reasons why I am looking forward to 2019. A major part of what I’m looking forward to in 2019 is my new chosen career path. After a year facing with many challenges I now believe I am on the right path and with Keystone by my side I think the coming year will be a great one.

What advice would you give for other students applying for a scholarship?

If there was one piece of advice for those who are applying for The Keystone scholarship it is that everybody stumbles from time to time, some more then others and that’s okay. But there is no rush, you take your time, the Keystone Trust will be there if you need a helping hand.

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