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The Sir Douglas Myers Scholarship

Headmaster Mr Tim O’Connor spoke in assembly on Thursday 24 March about the value of determination, a growth mindset and focus on academic studies, taking opportunities that arise, as you never know where they lead.

Through five years of being a student at Auckland Grammar School, you can create your own story about who you are, and the life you want to lead. And having done that opportunities can arise, along with new challenges.

He spoke to the student body about the Sir Douglas Myers Scholarship which provides an opportunity for students who have already distinguished themselves academically to take up a place offered by the prestigious Cambridge University

The late Sir Douglas expressed the hope that graduates would return to New Zealand to become leaders in their chosen fields, to the direct benefit of New Zealand and its people.

To be eligible applicants have to have studied NCEA Level 3, Cambridge International Examinations, in the year of application and have a record of achievement sufficient to satisfy the academic criteria for entry to Cambridge University and Gonville and Caius College.   

The scholarship provides tuition fees and a living allowance for the successful applicant, to enable them to take up a place offered by Gonville and Caius College at Cambridge University. The scholarship will normally be held for the duration of the scholar’s undergraduate course.

We are delighted to congratulate 2021 Senior Prefect and Scholar Isaac Mellis-Glynn who was named as the 2022 recipient. Isaac is the first Auckland Grammar student since 2005 to receive this scholarship, and his name will be added to the Girdlers and Myers Scholarship Honours Board by the stage in the Great Hall.

In addition to be one of three Senior Prefects for 2021, Isaac was also the student representative on the Board of Trustees. He received five scholarships and one outstanding Scholarship, he was an NZQA Outstanding Scholar Award winner with an average mark across his subjects of 94.7%.

He was also Captain of the Premier Advanced Debating Team and the New Zealand Schools’ Debating Team, he participated in – and earned – a Gold award in the Duke of Edinburgh programme, was a member of the Tennis team, the Distance Squad and the Interact group, and also earned Performing Arts Colours in both 2020 and 2021.

Isaac will be studying social and political sciences at Gonville and Caius at Cambridge University, home to 1,000 undergraduates, graduates and academics and we wish him every success.