This scholarship is in recognition of the contribution Bridget Gilchrist (our Chief Content Manager) has made to Language Perfect, and celebrates our new partnership with the University of Otago Department of Languages and Cultures.We're offering one lucky student a scholarship of NZD$5000.00 towards their course fees when they enrol in either a Bachelor of Arts (Languages) or Diploma in Languages at the University of Otago for the 2014 academic year.
"Vocabulary acquisition is a key component of language learning. The Department of Languages and Cultures of the University of Otago recognises the value of Language Perfect as a learning tool which helps students from beginners’ level onwards to build a strong vocabulary base and to internalise it. An enhanced vocabulary can assist students’ progression to advanced levels of language competence."
- Dr Simon Ryan, HOD Department of Languages and Cultures, University of Otago.
Students who achieve an Elite Award (10,000+ points) in the Language Perfect World Championships will be invited to apply for the Scholarship.
Judging and selection will take place over June/July 2013 with final confirmation once final enrolment has been confirmed with the University of Otago.
Who is Bridget Gilchrist?
Bridget is the epitome of achievement in language studies. During her studies at Craighead Diocesan School, Bridget took an interest in French and German. During her school years, she went on a French trip to New Caledonia in Year 11, and later won a national Alliance Francaise trip to New Caledonia; giving it up for a GASS scholarship to Germany. Her studies and overseas experiences fuelled her love for languages, and Bridget scrapped her plans to study health science at Otago, instead turning to the languages department.
While completing her BA (Hons) in German and DipLang in French, Bridget played an active role in the Languages department. She was the leading lady in the German Play in her first year, and later became the first student to direct two German plays: Amphitryon and Der Biberpelz. Unafraid of hard work, Bridget also volunteered to present at the 2010 international Kleist conference, and for a year worked as research assistant for Prof. Tim Mehigan. She joined the university’s International Mentoring Program, and tutored a local high school language student.
Bridget’s hard work didn’t go unrewarded. In her first year at university she won the Otago University Eric W. Herd Memorial Prize for top of German at any level. The next year she won a University of Otago Scholarship in Arts, alongside a Baden-Württemberg Scholarship from the German government which allowed her to complete an exchange semester at Heidelberg University. To fit everything in, she decided to complete this during Otago’s summer holidays, thus squeezing five semesters into two years. Bridget then applied for and received the DAAD Winterkurs Scholarship in 2011, before graduating with a first class BA(Hons) in German and a DipLang in French at the beginning of 2012.
Scholarship Contact: Scott Cardwell, Marketing Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org