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Some of our recent Scholarship Recipients


Steven Adams Scholarship: Tafara Gapare

Tafara GapareTafara Gapare is the very first recipient of the prestigious and highly coveted Steven Adams Scholarship.

Tafara is currently in Year 7, and will enjoy financial support from the scholarship to complete his senior year at Scots. At already 1.8 metres (nearly 6ft) and with the assistance of Steven Adams, there is no doubt Tafara is on the right path to fulfil his dream of playing for the NBA one day. Indeed, the 11-year-old takes his basketball training very seriously: he’s been training at Adams’ coach Kenny McFadden’s Academy since he was eight.

Headmaster Graeme Yule has already noticed the way other students are responding to Gapare’s warm personality and good work ethic.

SCOBA Scholarship: Caleb Cavubati

Caleb Cavubati

The first recipient of a SCOBA ‘All-Round Man’ Scholarship is Caleb Cavubati, son of well-known Old Boy and former professional Rugby Union player Bill Cavubati (1988-89), who has himself been a Scots College scholarship recipient.

Caleb, who is 13 years-old, has just started his Year 10 and has been playing football for Douglas Villa Football Club for the last eight years. He has played in the JPL (Wellington and Promo division), was nominated to trial for the National Talent Centre, and is currently a member of the Federation Talent Centre. He has also represented Wairarapa to national Futsal tournaments. As well as being a talented footballer, Caleb also excels in cricket, athletic, basketball, touch rugby, volleyball and swimming.

Outside of his sports interests, Caleb participates in a Kapa Haka and Pasifika Group, enjoys drama/acting, and speaks four languages (English, Fijian, Maori and Spanish).

NZ Uniforms Scholarship: Taane Samuel

Taane Samuel

Taane Samuel is the first recipient of the NZ Uniforms Scholarship, and a bright prospect for the future of New Zealand basketball.

As a starting centre, he emulates Scots’ Old Boy Steven Adams and has similar ambitions of gaining a College basketball scholarship. He has represented Wellington basketball sides from U13 – 17 level, and at a national level was selected for both the New Zealand U16 Basketball and Basketball Academy U16 sides. The latter selection provided him with a scholarship from New Zealand Basketball to travel to Las Vegas.

He has recently been selected to trial for the New Zealand U18 team.


Brechin Memorial Scholarships: Nathan Tse

Nathan TseOld Boy Nathan Tse [2013] is one of the lucky Brechin Memorial Scholarship recipients.

He started a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts Conjoint Degree in 2014 majoring in Finance and International Relations, at Victoria University in Wellington. November the Victoria Business School sent him to attend the APEC Voices of the Future Conference in Beijing as one of four New Zealand youth delegates. While there he met some amazing young leaders from the Asia-Pacific region, as well as hearing speeches from Barrack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping (among other Heads of State). This experience has motivated him to push himself further, and he has since changed his degree to study a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Law Conjoint Degree, majoring in Finance and Law (still at Victoria University).

Nathan continues to practise cross country and athletics competitively. He won the junior Wellington Regional Cross-Country and Road titles in 2014, and achieved his first national medal being placed third at the Athletics New Zealand Road Championships in Tauranga last September.

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