Bethany is heading to the US

§ July 22nd, 2014 § Filed under Uncategorized Comments Off on Bethany is heading to the US

From New Plymouth to Idaho, Bethany Lowe is living her own dream. 

The 17-year-old Spotswood College student has won The Rebecca L. Lynch Memorial Scholarship which means she is off to America to attend the University of Idaho next year.

“I’m just blown away,” Miss Lowe says.
“When I found out I got it, I just didn’t know what to say.”

Miss Lowe, currently in Year 13, was enrolled to attend the University of Auckland where she planned to complete Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

“I will probably study something along similar lines in Idaho but I’m not sure yet.”
As the scholarship runs for just one year, Miss Lowe says she may come back to New Zealand to finish her degree.
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“You can cross credit what you have done towards degrees back here,” she says.
“It’s just going to be such an amazing experience. I think it will give me more of a global perspective on things.”
Miss Lowe ultimately wants to work for an international aid agency or for the United Nations.
There is only one thing that gets her down and that is leaving her home in Taranaki.
“The thought of leaving Taranaki for good makes you appreciate it more but it will be good to go to other parts of the world.”

The scholarship was started in 1985 and is funded by Maurice and Alice Lynch, parents of Rebecca, who was killed in an accident in Nairobi at the age of nine. Mr Lynch was in the US Air Force and was based in Christchurch. When Rebecca died, they decided to start a memorial scholarship for a New Zealander to attend their old university, where they are both graduates.

They now live in Alaska while their daughter Lisa lives in Nelson and is on the selection committee.
Miss Lowe says it was the first scholarship she applied for.
“I saw it and it sounded great, I really liked what they stood for,” she says.
Miss Lowe is the first Taranaki person to be awarded the scholarship which goes to one New Zealand woman each year.
The scholarship covers non-US resident tuition fees, registration fees and room and board costs.

Miss Lowe could not put a price on the scholarship but the Taranaki Daily News understands it is worth more than US$28,000 (NZ$39,000).