Seeking community heroes: From left, Chris Clark and Carole Watts from the Arrowtown Autumn Festival, Wakatipu Community Foundation grants and scholarship coordinator Euni Borrie and Wakatipu High careers head Linda Richards


An annual scholarship’s been set up to reward two Wakatipu High Year 13 ‘community superstar’ students with $2500 each.

It’s been established by the Arrowtown Autumn Festival committee, which has a mandate to donate any leftover funds to the community.

The committee’s partnered with Wakatipu Community Foundation to administer the scholarship, for which applications, this first year, close next Friday.

‘‘Despite Covid, we had a very successful festival in 2021 which enabled us to set up the fund,’’ committee chair Chris Clark says.

‘‘We are looking for the under-the-radar student volunteers, the ones who turn up to help community projects year after year, take on extra work, help to fundraise and generously give of their time to help strengthen the community.’’

He notes the festival itself relies on more than 80 volunteers.

It’s envisaged the successful students will put their scholarships towards costs associated
with further study or vocational training.

For more information and application forms, see