TWC Awards Graham Williams Memorial Scholarship

Levis Guenole, of Greymouth, has been awarded Timberlands West Coast Ltd’s Graham Williams Memorial Scholarship for 1999.

A third generation West Coaster Levis, who received his education at Kumara Junction and Greymouth High Schools, will attend Lincoln University where he will study for a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in forestry.

Levis’ interest in forestry has evolved from working on his family’s property at Kumara Junction. Having completed his secondary schooling in 1997 he took a year out to build up his experience in forestry by helping with planting, fertilising and pruning the family’s 17,000 plantation trees. At the same time he completed a pre-trade certificate in carpentry at Tai Poutini Polytechnic in Greymouth.

Levis says he sees forestry as a growth industry especially on the West Coast and would like to return here in the future.

As the successful winner of the Graham Williams Memorial Scholarship he will receive $3000 a year for up to three years of undergraduate study. He will also gain valuable experience within the industry by working at Timberlands during his summer holidays.

This will allow Levis to represent the West Coast in cricket as he has done for the past two seasons. His other sporting interests of basketball and rugby will probably by played east of the Alps but Levis will wait until he’s settled at varsity be fore committing himself.

TWC communications manager, Paula de Roeper, says the company received 12 applications for the scholarship. All were of a high level and choosing between the four finalists had been extremely difficult. She was sure all of them would do extremely well in the future.

The Graham Williams Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually.

Set up in 1990, but renamed in 1997 in memory of Graham Williams, a foundation director of TWC, the scholarship programme aims to provide opportunities for people from the region to attend university and obtain qualifications of relevance to the forestry industry.