President Michèle Whitecliffe has announced the Year 4 finalists for this year's Wikiriwhi Scholarship Award. Two finalists have been selected from each undergraduate degree programme: Fashion Design students Sophie Scally and Bianca Jones, Graphic Design students Rebekah Wilmer-Provan and Emma Marriott, Photo Media students Emily Bray and Peng Chen, Fine Arts students Clare Merrill and Bobbie Gray. The scholarship was established in 1983 and is awarded annually to a top Whitecliffe student who shows exceptional talent, community spirit and is a great ambassador for Whitecliffe.
Recent BFA Photo Media graduate Georgia Periam was the selected winner of the 2016 Wikiriwhi Scholarship Award. She utilized the prize money to attend the Obscura Photography Festival and participate in an associated intensive photography workshop held each August in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia. Georgia comments, “the Wikiriwhi Scholarship Award gave me the incredible opportunity to attend Obscura Photography Festival, where I discovered more about myself as an artist. It also gave me the confidence to trust my creative decisions, which is something that I have found invaluable.”
The Wikiriwhi Scholarship Award programme also includes mentorship, in which each of the Year 4 finalists have been paired with Year 2 students to provide support and assistance while they navigate their studies and studio practice. The 2017 Year 2 students are: Bianca Lim-Yip, Tom Munday, Isone Oliver, Rhianah Butter, Sarah Davis, Weiyang Zhang, Te Ara Minhinnick.
President Michèle Whitecliffe states, “the annual Wikiriwhi Scholarship Award was established to recognise a talented student for being a high-achieving, well-rounded individual who is not only dedicated to their studies, but happily shares their knowledge and provides support to new students. Five years ago, we added a mentorship component to the award programme, so that Year 2 students could receive valuable support and insight from their Year 4 peers. This has become an integral part of the scholarship, enabling both Year 4 and Year 2 students to gain from the mentor/mentee experience. Prior recipients of this award have said it to be a life-changing experience.”
The 2017 award winner will be selected and announced by Michèle
Whitecliffe in July.