Excel as a hockey ace with a programme that has a proven record of producing Black Sticks.
The Lincoln University Hockey Scholarship Programme, established in 2000, operates in conjunction with Canterbury Hockey.
Staff provide ongoing support and you can reap the benefits of the outstanding facilities on offer as you work towards an academic qualification.
Olivia Merry, former hockey scholar
Black Sticks striker Olivia Merry entered Lincoln in 2010 on a hockey scholarship to study towards a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Food Science.
Christchurch-born Olivia, who attended Avonside Girls’ High School, says she enjoyed the “laid-back, easy-going, friendly environment” at the University.
“My first year, I was in Colombo Hall, which was a lot of fun and is also where I met some of my friends who I still keep in contact with today.”
She says she loved taking part in the Sports Scholarship Programme.
“It was great being able to train in the gym with like-minded athletes and getting to meet others who had similar aspirations about representing New Zealand in their chosen sport,” she says.
Olivia was impressed with the variety of study options offered at Lincoln.
“There is a large range of courses, especially courses based around the land, which gives you a different perspective from the fast-paced, city life.”
She says she enjoyed combining study with athletic training during her time at Lincoln.
“The study was actually really good and something I enjoy doing while competing, as it gives you something to take your mind off your sporting commitments.
“I’d really like to do further study in human nutrition.
“The lecturers will always go out of their way to help you. Introducing yourself to them at the very beginning builds a strong relationship from the start.”
Olivia’s current sporting goal is to achieve an Olympic Games gold medal in Rio in 2016.
“I love playing hockey and can’t imagine doing anything else,” she says. “It’s not only representing New Zealand and travelling to some of the very cool places we go to, but the lifelong friends I have made.”