Budding electrical engineer wins scholarship

Lines company Counties Power has teamed up with a local electrical engineering student.

Buckland resident Ashley Croudis-Bonniface 22, studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) at Auckland University of Technology, is the recipient of the inaugural Counties Power Scholarship.

The 2018 Counties Power Scholarship was open to students who are enrolled this year for second or third year study in electrical engineering.

Counties Power Chief Executive Judy Nicholl says the company’s aim is to encourage and support deserving Franklin electrical engineering students through the scholarship.

“We’re excited to offer this scholarship and to support a local student in the early stages of their engineering career. We know how hard it is for students both financially and in gaining relevant experience, and are thrilled to offer this to help nurture, support and solidify young people’s careers. Ashley was a stand-out candidate and we look forward to having him on the team here at Counties Power where this will be a mutually beneficial on-going relationship for us all.”

Ashley grew up on a local kiwifruit orchard and was home schooled. A talented gymnast, he has represented New Zealand overseas, while also participating locally in soccer, tennis and swimming.

“I’m extremely honoured to have been selected for this scholarship and hope to learn and grow in the field of power engineering, while offering the skills and knowledge I have acquired from university to assist in innovative technologies here at Counties Power. They have a number of initiatives in this field so I’m excited to get to work with the team.”

“I’ve been working part time at New Zealand Post in Pukekohe and My Food Bag in Auckland to help support my study, so this scholarship will significantly help me with my fees and in achieving my goal of paying off my student loan,” he said.

The scholarship consists of a $3000 award each year towards fees, paid vacation employment and work experience at Counties Power. The applicant may also have the option of potential employment at Counties Power after the completion of their study.

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