Year 13 prefect Alex Pentchev has been shortlisted for the inaugural ACG Founders Scholarship, worth up to $75,000. Next year he plans to do a Science degree majoring in Biochemistry at Sydney or Oxford University, then go on to study medicine.
How would the scholarship help you?
It would help in terms of making university life easier – accommodation, tuition, flights back home to see my parents.
On my internship in Africa [Alex was selected to represent New Zealand on an international scientific research internship following the 2018 New Zealand International Biology Olympiad], I met a lot of university students who were there as part of their study.
This would allow me to attend further research expeditions like that, take on job internships to broaden my experience, do different things and dabble in different fields.
ACG’s founders were lifelong educationalists. What makes a good education, in your opinion?
Teachers who are passionate – their passion exudes onto me. I had an English teacher in Year 10. I hadn’t liked English before – I was a science guy. He fuelled my passion and that’s why I’m doing English now. It’s not my strongest subject, but I love it.
What has been the highlight of your time at ACG Parnell College?
Winning the Science Bowl for ACG this year – that was really rewarding.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Finishing a PhD, starting as a junior doctor at a hospital or helping in my first research project. I also enjoy Economics, so maybe I could be working in a business developing pharmaceuticals.
The ACG Founders Scholarship, worth up to $75,000, will be awarded annually from 2018. Open to any ACG secondary school student in New Zealand who plans to commence a course of university study the following year, it recognises outstanding academic ability as well as personal qualities for future success, such as integrity, leadership, boldness of vision and exceptional drive, energy and a capacity for work.