Kiely Campbell has been able to complete her study at NMIT thanks to a scholarship from Soroptimists Nelson. Photo: Kate Russell.

Scholarships boost women’s education


Furthering women’s education has always been a priority for Soroptimists Nelson, and for Kiely Campbell it has helped her achieve her goal of becoming a counsellor.

Kiely is now in her final year of a BA in counselling at NMIT, thanks to a scholarship from the Nelson Soroptimist Education Trust.

She was chosen for their Janice Neame Scholarship in 2019, which provided her with $2000 towards her study. She is now set to graduate this December.

“The scholarship has supported me to achieve my goal, which is to complete my degree,” says Kiely, who found out about the scholarship via the NMIT website.

“It’s been an acknowledgement that mature women can achieve late in life if they pursue their dreams. I also appreciate that Soroptimists recognise the area I have chosen to study is worth supporting. It validates the work I do in the community.”

The trust has been able to award $20,250 in direct financial support to 23 women and girls seeking tertiary qualifications this year, as well as further donations of $1,855 in support of other education and training activities for the region’s women and girls.

President Carol Golding says more than 30 women volunteered their time to support the trust this year.

“This is the philosophy of Soroptimists, to assist women to get further in life.”

Most of their funds come through catering and making Christmas puddings every year to sell, and they also maintain and organise the graduate gowns at NMIT.

“Soroptimists took over the Federation of Graduate Women’s gown business two years ago, and because it gave us a boost in income we’ve been able to give out more scholarships,” says Carol.

Applications for the next round of scholarships open at the end of September and can be applied for via educational institutions.

New members are invited to join Soroptimists Nelson. For more information contact Carol on 9295222.