Date posted: 9/11/2020 3 min read

High-achieving UCOL business student receives scholarship from Whanganui CA firms

Accounting as a career will provide opportunities professionally, but also allow contributions to Iwi, hapu and whanau in Whanganui.

In Brief

  • Accounting scholarship supported by six Whanganui Chartered Accountant firms presented to Huki-ana Bishop-Williams
  • The scholarship gives her confidence to persevere through her degree
  • Balancing study with a family and hard work and achievements were recognised by her tutors

UCOL student Huki-ana Bishop-Williams has been presented with an accounting scholarship supported by six Whanganui Chartered Accountant firms and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ).

Huki-ana is in her second year of studies for a Bachelor of Applied Management, majoring in accounting following the CA/CPA pathway provided by tertiary education institution UCOL.

Huki-Ana selected Accounting because she believes it is a valuable and transferable skill set that will not only provide opportunities professionally, but allow her to contribute more to her Iwi, hapu and whanau in her hometown of Whanganui.

She says, "My aim is to be the first in my immediate family to gain a bachelor's degree and become a qualified Chartered Accountant."

"Being a mum of two young children, and maintaining full-time study commitments, has proved challenging, but it's my dream career path and I believe all the struggles and sacrifices will be worth it in the future."

"This scholarship has given me the extra confidence I need to persevere through my degree, especially with exams just around the corner."

Talia Anderson-Town (left) and Huki-ana Bishop-Williams
Talia Anderson-Town (left) and Huki-ana Bishop-Williams

Huki-Ana has also received the Te Runanga o Ngawairki Ngati Apa scholarship.

"Now that I'm in the second year of my studies, I've needed more books and resources, so my scholarships will go towards that and any expenses that pop up," she said.

The Chartered Accountants' scholarship is a collaboration between Whanganui CA firms and their professional body, Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand. It is awarded to a Whanganui business management student at the Universal College of Learning (UCOL).

Talia Anderson-Town, Silks Audit Partner, and Chair of the Whanganui CA ANZ Local Committee, presented the scholarship at a ceremony at UCOL last month.

Anderson-Town said Huki-ana was a student who was balancing study with a family and that her hard work and achievements had been recognised by her tutors and that she was very deserving of the scholarship.

"It is great to see a Māori woman studying with the goal to becoming a qualified accountant. I wish Huki-ana all the best in her continued study."

The Whanganui Chartered Accounting firms contributing to the scholarship are:

  • Silks Audit Chartered Accountants
  • Doyles and Associates
  • Spooner Hood Redpath
  • Balance Chartered Accountants
  • Moore Markhams
  • Tait Pearce

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