It’s always a tough decision and this year was no different for Richmond pharmacist Andrew McGlashen.
For the past decade Andrew has generously awarded a deserving local student a $1000 scholarship to help the individual achieve their goals.
“There were so many exceptional applicants this year that I twisted my business partner, Scott Fry of Fry’s Pharmacy, to throw in $1000, so we could double the prize pool and award more students,” says Andrew.
This year’s supreme winner and recipient of $1000 is Cooper Grant, a talented baseballer.
“Cooper’s an outstanding young man who has some impressive goals going forward and also what struck me is how much he’s given back to the sport locally.”
Acknowledging the effort it takes to promote growth in New Zealand’s smaller sports, Andrew says Cooper has put a lot into his peers and youngsters to grow the sport.
Cooper says the scholarship will help fund the costs he incurs travelling to numerous training camps.
“I love the game. I grew up playing softball then converted to baseball. Being in the top of the field is something I’m aspiring to when I’m older.”
With over 40 applicants this year, from Atawhai to Wakefield and Motueka, a further three scholarships were awarded thanks to the $1000 boost by Scott Fry.
Zariyah and Shylah Andrews, the iconic hip hop dancers, received $500 after Andrew was impressed with their international achievements and the message they deliver through their dance to other kids.
Dancer Anisha Fields and cyclist Kaio Lart were each awarded $250.
“All of the applicants are such good kids, it’s nice to be involved with them and doing positive things. It’s just hard not to be able to reward all of them,” says Andrew.