The Rocket Lab Scholarship covers up to $20,000 of study fees for one outstanding student and offers the opportunity to be paired with a Rocket Lab mentor.
$20,000 Rocket Lab Scholarship to Maori doctor awarded
Rocket Lab USA Inc, (Nasdaq: RKLB), a leading launch and space systems company, today awarded its $20,000 Rocket Lab Scholarship to a student determined to make a difference in health for Maori.
Lilli-Peach Simpson-Maru of Rongomai whine, who has ancestral links to Mahia where the Rocket Lab operates and launches its electron rockets, has been awarded a Rocket Lab scholarship to support her aim to become a doctor through the University of Otago.
The Rocket Lab supports and encourages students from the Tairāwhiti / Gisborne and Te Matau-a-Māui/Hawke’s Bay regions who are pursuing science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) at tertiary level around the launch site of the Rocket Lab at Mahia, and since 2017 Sanctioned annually. The Rocket Lab Scholarship covers tertiary education costs of up to $20,000 for up to four years of study and includes mentorship from Rocket Lab.
I want to make the health industry a safe place for tangata whenua, says Ms Simpson-Maru of her vision for health equality for Māori. The Rocket Lab Scholarship will not only help me financially but also professionally with mentorship. I am very grateful and humbled to have had this opportunity and I think it has allowed me to be closer to my Kana and Tupuna.
Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck said:
The is about supporting young people who want to make a real difference in the world, whether through space or a different stem field. Lily-Peach is a great example of someone who clearly has a strong drive to support her community and be a leader in a critically important field, so we are proud to enable this with the Rocket Lab Scholarship.
The Rocket Lab Scholarship was established to directly support the community surrounding Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex 1 on the Mahia Peninsula. It is designed to foster continued excellence and innovation in New Zealand’s next generation of STEM leaders. Applications for the annual scholarship open four terms each year at rocketlabusa.com. Previous Rocket Lab scholars are currently