30. SIT Zero Fees: Rebecca Amundsen

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We stepped into the unknown, approving over $3 million in 2001 towards the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) Zero Fees scheme. It was a gamble that paid off with an influx of students and a revitalised city.  By 2010 SIT’s total economic impact was estimated to be in excess of $210 million.

“It’s given me, personally, all sorts of opportunities. From Zero Fees, which meant that we came here in the first place … and then getting that Leadership Scholarship gave me the confidence to really look at what I’ve been doing and say, you know what? I could actually do anything.” 

Rebecca Amundsen

Deputy Mayor of Invercargill and Leadership Scholarship Recipient