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The Sir Douglas Myers Scholarship recipient for 2023

During the last assembly of Term 3, Acting Headmaster S. McNaughton spoke about the importance of academic studies, not just for intellectual development, but for all-round personal development as well.

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 or Cambridge International Examinations, in the year of application, and have a record of achievement sufficient to satisfy the academic criteria for entry to the University of Cambridge.   

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 the University of Cambridge. The scholarship will normally be held for the duration of the scholar’s undergraduate course.

We are delighted to congratulate 2023 Senior Prefect A. K. Baker (pictured above with S. McNaughton) who was named as this year’s recipient. Baker’s name will be added to the list of Grammar students to have won this scholarship that is recorded on the board to the right of the stage, and at Cambridge, he will join recent leaver Isaac Mellis-Glynn who won this same scholarship in 2021.

In addition to be one of four Senior Prefects for 2022, Baker is the Head Prefect at Tibbs House, he represented New Zealand for Kayaking at the Asia-Pacific Cup, he captained the New Zealand Economics Olympiad team and he won the Cambridge High Achievement Award, as well as two NZQA Scholarships (one at Outstanding level) in 2022.

In an extracurricular sense, he has completed the Gold Duke of Edinburgh journey, he is a member of the Model United Nations, Literati, Interact, the student editor of the Chronicle and he was the New Zealand Political Leaders’ Debate moderator.

Baker will be studying Human, Social and Political Sciences at Gonville and Caius at the University of Cambridge, home to 1000 undergraduates, graduates and academics and we wish him all the very best.