Five new Maori university scholarships are being sponsored by EDS, in partnership with the Maori Education Trust.
The scheme is aimed at boosting the number of Maori in the ICT industry and that will benefit EDS, the industry and Maori, says EDS managing director Steve Murray.
The four undergraduate awards include a financial grant of $5000 each and the postgraduate award $10,000, but the cash is only part of the benefit, Murray says. Recipients will also be mentored by EDS staff and will gain paid work experience with the company during university vacations. He declines to put a total value on the scholarships.
EDS’s financial contribution will be matched by Te Puni Kokiri, so a total of 10 scholarships will be able to be awarded over the next three years, says Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia.
The scholarships are expected to benefit not only the rangatahi – young Maori – but also mature students, who can also become part of the ICT-driven “knowledge economy”, and not just users of ICT, Horomia says.
The scholarships will be awarded for the forthcoming academic year and vetting of likely recipients is already under way. Another groups of scholarships will be awarded annually, Murray says.
Murray himself has affiliations with Ngati Kuri, Ngapuhi and Tainui and before taking up his present position, he was chief executive of Tainui Group Holdings.