Music student awarded first Ara/CMCA Scholarship

News News & events

28 Feb 2020

The first recipient of the Community Partnership -Christchurch Metro Cricket Association (CMCA) Scholarship has begun their studies at Ara Institute of Canterbury.

Hannah Foster was awarded the inaugural scholarship to put towards her third year of the Bachelor of Music Arts, having just transferred from the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand (MAINZ) where she undertook the first two years of her degree.

“I play cricket for North West Women’s Cricket and I’m also coaching one of our year five and six teams,” Foster says.

“At Ara my degree is focused on music production including recording, audio engineering and mixing music.”

Mike Harvey, General Manager of Christchurch Metro Cricket Association says, “CMCA are thrilled to have our inaugural scholarship student underway with her studies at Ara Institute of Canterbury.”

“Education plays a key part in the lives of all young men and women, and for the CMCA to be able to support up-and-coming players to follow their dreams both in the workforce and on the cricket pitch, is something we are proud to be able to do.”

The Community Partnership scholarship is offered by Ara to registered players of any affiliated CMCA club, as part of a comprehensive partnership which was set up in 2018 to build capability through the Christchurch cricket network, share knowledge and facilities, and increase community access to tertiary educational opportunities.

Emma West, Ara Engagement Manager says, “Ara is proud to be working with the CMCA to provide young cricketers the opportunity to succeed off the field as well as on.”

“Through our community partnership scholarships, we’re able to support young players to further their education, which in turn develops the skills sets they can contribute to their communities and Canterbury cricket clubs.”

There are still opportunities for other students to obtain the CMCA scholarship for studies at Ara in 2020. More information can be accessed on the Ara website.