Year 13 prefect Caleb Probine has been shortlisted for the inaugural ACG Founders Scholarship, worth up to $75,000. Passionate about Physics, Maths and Computer Studies, Caleb aims eventually to work in the field of robotics and technology. Next year he plans to undertake an Engineering degree at an Australian university, majoring in Mechatronics.
How would the scholarship help you?
It would provide an opportunity to study overseas and allow me to access a level of tertiary study that would fulfil me to a higher degree.
ACG’s founders were lifelong educationalists. What makes a good education, in your opinion?
It’s twofold – a strong academic foundation with teachers who provide every opportunity to be curious and hardworking; and lots of extracurricular opportunities so students can flourish artistically, socially and through sports.
What has been the highlight of your time at ACG Parnell College?
The great teaching. I’ve had lots of opportunities to be a hard worker and see what that yields and had a lot of returns for my work.
What are you most looking forward to about university?
Gaining some independence from my parents. It’s an opportunity to be a functioning human without their support and care.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Hopefully in a research and development position in an entrepreneurial context, or leading a start-up and executing a great idea!
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.