Former Reporoa College deputy head boy and dux Tim Berry has been awarded a Massey University scholarship for excellence in his field.
The scholarship supports new students who hold a previous record of high achievement in art and academia.
While at Reporoa College, 18-year-old Mr Berry excelled and was appointed both deputy head boy and dux.
He has made the move south to study for a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise degree at Massey's Manawatu campus. He loves everything about sport and has a particular passion for golf, a sport he began playing at 14, in addition to his love for cricket, basketball, rugby, volleyball, squash and badminton.
His dream is to build a successful career in the sport industry while making a difference in people's lives through golf. While his favourite golfer is American professional Rickie Fowler, he thinks Northern Irishman Rory McIIroy is the best golfer in the world.
The teen, whose family runs Arataki Honey, said he was enjoying meeting like-minded people at Massey and being challenged by his studies. He said the quality of resources and equipment available to students was great, especially the gym with its range of fitness gear.
"I chose to study at Massey because it offered the best sport and exercise degree in the country. This, along with the beautiful campus and two nearby golf courses, is what influenced my decision to study here."