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Business student Candice D’Acre wins Sir James Wattie Scholarship

November 28, 2020

Candice D’Acre with Head of EIT’s Business School, Sabine Hoffmann and David King.

EIT’s School of Business announced the winner of the Sir James Wattie Scholarship.

Bachelor in Business Studies student Candice D’Acre (Ngāti Porou) was awarded the scholarship worth $15,000 offered by Ryman Healthcare, in honour of visionary Hawke’s Bay entrepreneur Sir James Wattie (1902 – 1974).

“I am immensely grateful to Ryman Healthcare for presenting me with this generous scholarship,” said Candice. Candice is not only a top student and mother of two children (4 and 6 years old) but also the first one in her family to gain a degree.

“We were really excited to be able to offer this scholarship and I’m sure that it will make a substantial impact on Candice and her future,” says Dr Sabine Hoffmann, Head of EIT’s Schools of Business & Computing.

When the scholarship was announced in July, Caren Wattie, Sir James’s granddaughter, said it was great to see him honoured. “We’re really proud of our grandfather’s legacy and thank Ryman, EIT and the Hawke’s Bay community for honouring him in this way. We hope the scholarship will inspire those business students to go forward as entrepreneurs and help grow Hawke’s Bay.’’

Ryman Healthcare Corporate Affairs Manager David King said Candice was a deserving winner. “Candice is bright, hard-working and entrepreneurial and she has made a lot of sacrifices to study. We are delighted to be able to support her in this way, and she shows that the spirit of Sir James is alive and well in the region he loved so much.’’

Candice is about to finish her degree and will then go on to do the Master of Digital Business at EIT. The scholarship will not only help pay off her student loan but also start her own business. Candice and her husband are in the process of launching Mellows, their own Gourmet Marshmallow company.