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Scholarships for acting, costume, set and props awarded at Toi Whakaari

Toi Whakaari has announced the winners of this year’s Bill Guest and Ruku Ao award scholarships, with many generous donations allowing four awards to be made – the most ever – at last week’s graduation ceremony.

Toi Whakaari First‐year Costume student and 2018 Bill Guest Award‐winner, Briony Finnigan, with the man who the award is named after – former Associate Director of the school, Bill Guest. Photo by Philip Merry.

Scholarship winners are first nominated by their peers and then write a personal statement supporting their own nomination, with the school’s Scholarships Committee making the final decision.

Special emphasis is placed on contribution to the wider school community and kōiwitanga.

From a very strong list of nominations, the committee was thrilled to be able to offer three Bill Guest Awards.

The first was given to costumier Briony Finnigan, the second to Set & Props student Gabriella Seagar and the third went to actor Lance Ainofo.

First‐year Toi Whakaari Set & Props student Gabriella Seagar with Bill Guest, after receiving one of the Bill Guest awards at the 2018 graduation ceremony. Photo by Philip Merry.

Second‐year actor Lance Ainofo receives his Bill Guest Award from the man himself at the 2018 Toi Whakaari Graduation Ceremony. Photo by Philip Merry.

Once again, Ruku Ao alumni made generous donations to support an award in their name and the winner for 2018 was second‐year actor Taylor Rogers.

Ruku Ao alumni Lola Toppin‐Casserly and Shane Kinley present second‐year actor Taylor Rogers (centre) with the Ruku Ao Award at the 2018 Toi Whakaari Graduation Ceremony. Photo by Philip Merry.

If you want to support the development and achievements of Toi Whakaari students, you can make a donation for the Bill Guest or Ruku Ao awards. Please contact Toi Whakaari registrar (and convenor of the Scholarships Committee) Craig Atkins.