Harrison Fookes awarded Girdlers’ Scholarship to Cambridge University

The College takes enormous pride in the announcement yesterday that recent Old Boy, Harrison Fookes (’14), has been awarded the prestigious Girdlers’ Scholarship to study at Cambridge University, England. The College would like to pass on their congratulations to Harrison and his family for this incredible achievement. Harrison is the third Old Boy to have received this scholarship with David Lowe (’84) and Laurie Doolan (’63) preceeding him. 

Please read below the press release from Universities New Zealand.

Prestigious Girdlers’ Scholarship awarded to multi-talented law student

31 March 2015


Eighteen year-old Harrison Fookes from Glendowie has been has been awarded a life changing Girdlers’ scholarship to Cambridge University.


The former Auckland Sacred Heart College student is described as an exceptionally gifted, multi-talented, natural leader with a strong sense of social justice.  He was Dux in both Years 12 and 13; a deputy head Prefect, Rowing Captain, coached football and debating, is a talented saxophonist and an active member of ‘Young Vinnies’.  Last year he represented New Zealand at the World Schools Debating Championship in Thailand.


The prestigious Girdlers’ Scholarship, valued at approximately £25,000 (NZ$50,000) a year, will pay for Harrison’s university and college fees and contribute to his living costs while he studies for his degree.


Harrison is interested in studying international law or bioethics and medical law.  “They will have a huge role to play in the world of medicine and genetics in the future.”


He says, “The scholarship is a fantastic opportunity to learn from and interact with some of the brightest minds in the world, to make connections within the university and also across the United Kingdom and Europe, and to bring all this back to New Zealand.”


This is the 51st Scholarship that the Worshipful Company of Girdlers has awarded to a New Zealand student.


In announcing the decision on behalf of the Company, Past Master Peter Trimingham says, “Harrison embodies the qualities we seek.  He demonstrates both the academic excellence and maturity to perform well at Cambridge.  He has a strong sense of social responsibility and is active in his community.  We will watch his progress with interest and support him during his time at Cambridge.”


Universities New Zealand, formerly the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee, administers this scholarship in addition to 40 other undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships each year.



·         The Girdlers’ Company dates back to medieval times, and were a fraternity of craftsmen, who came together for religious observances, mutual assistance, and guarded the secrets, standards and conditions of their craft.

·         While the Girdlers’ Company no longer practises its craft, it still presents the sword belt and stole for each Coronation.

·         The Scholarship is open to Year 13 secondary school students who have attended secondary school in New Zealand and are New Zealand citizens or have permanent resident status.

·         More information about this and other scholarships administered by Universities New Zealand is available at www.universitiesnz.ac.nz.

For further information contact: Hazel Dobbie, Communications Manager, Universities New Zealand, hazel.dobbie@universitiesnz.ac.nz or 027 838 2313.

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