A former Tauranga lawyer is the first member of the Bay of Plenty Education Trust to be named a Emeritus Trustee.

The award was to officially recognise and honour Michael Batchelor's long service to the trust.

Bay of Plenty Education Trust chairman Roger Loveridge said Mr Bathcelor first attended a meeting in 1985, when it was called The Pacific Development Education Trust.

Tauranga's Michael Batchelor has been awarded the honour of "Emeritus Trustee" of the Bay of Plenty Education Trust.

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"Michael has seen the Trust's assets grow to more than $6 million and the value of scholarships awarded increased over time. The scholarships awarded last year totalled $189,750," Mr Loveridge said.

Mr Batchelor, who is 80-years-old, said being awarded the Emeritus Trustee distinction was a "wonderful honour".

For more information about the Trust's future leaders' programme and the scholarships for students heading off to pursue tertiary education see www.bopeducationtrust.org.nz