At a glittering dinner last night, 16 recipients joined shoe designer Kathryn Wilson, inventor Mark Inglis and Olympic boxer Alexis Pritchard in the ranks of AMP Scholarship alumni.
Among those to receive a Study Start or National scholarships were such innovative ideas as a device to let blind people echolocate using ultrasound, a mobile app to simplify blood glucose management for diabetics, and new types of prosthetics for amputees.
Keep an eye out for these names in the future, or click here to read about their individual stories.
Chris Fortune from Blenheim, to build a mobile kitchen as part of his Kids Can Cook kitchen programme
Charlotte Walker from Remuera, the second New Zealander ever accepted into the Masters in Clinical Embryology at Oxford
Lucy-Mary Mulholland from Mt Eden, who will train with top art therapists in the US in the field of youth mental health
Claire Davis from Remuera is building a device that lets blind people echolocate using ultrasound
Suzanne Cowan from Eden Terrace hopes to become a leader in dance for people with disabilities
Vance McPhee of Manurewa will develop a food box service to fight poverty in New Zealand
Scottie Reeve of Wellington will create an inner-city cafe employing 20 teens a year, hoping to transform their lives with their first job and subsequent move into long-term employment
Kaitlyn Watts of Palmerston North hopes to represent New Zealand and win the World Junior Squash Championships in 2018
Cameron Kilgour of Palmerston North has been awarded a scholarship to create DiaManage, a mobile app with a New Zealand food database to simplify blood glucose management for diabetics
Sarosh Mulla from Henderson will build an education and research space at the Longbush eco-sanctuary in Gisborne to enable people to see endangered native plants and animals
Lizzie Stevenson from Canterbury hopes to win a medal for New Zealand at the World Age Group Trampoline Championships
Teneale Hatton of Torbay hopes to compete in the Rio Olympics in 2016 in spring canoe/ocean ski racing
Lewis Hawkins, an 8-year-old Scrabble champion from Canterbury, will compete in the youth championships in Dubai next month
Finn Mahon from Wellington wants to design and build artificial limbs and implants for amputees, in particular, a prosthetic leg for a family friend, a 6-year-old amputee
Kale Graham of Rotorua wants to build new safety systems to save lives on our roads
Louis Goldwater Christie of Westmere hopes to contribute to the development of commercial and eventually consumer computers with quantum processors
Auckland AMP employee Scott Ellis also received an AMP People Scholarship toward his goal of creating a joint venture with his best friend to deliver butcher quality meat to private households at supermarket prices
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