16 November 2017 at 9:00 am

North Carolina State University student wins $15K scholarship to study abroad in New Zealand

Education New Zealand and Go Overseas travel to Raleigh to surprise the Marine Biology Junior with good news.

Joshua Golden

Joshua Golden

Berkeley, CA and Wellington, New Zealand (November 15, 2017) – Go Overseas and Education New Zealand have announced the winner of their 4th annual full-tuition scholarship to study abroad in New Zealand for a semester. Joshua Golden, a marine science major at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, was selected from 2,925 applicants to receive the $15,000 (USD) scholarship towards semester tuition and accommodation stipend. (See the video of his reaction here.) The scholarship will provide Golden with the unique opportunity to experience New Zealand’s vibrant, diverse culture while studying at a world-class university and meeting other students from around the globe. In addition, Student Universe will be sponsoring his round-trip flight.

Originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Golden is minoring in biological science and environmental science, to compliment his marine science major. He will be attending the University of Canterbury in Christchurch through the International Studies Abroad (ISA) program. While in Christchurch, Golden plans to take courses focusing on ecology, phylogeny, marine science and New Zealand history. He wrote in his application,“These courses will help immerse me in the lifestyle and culture of my host country and also teach me about approaches to preserving ecosystems from a different viewpoint.”

He continued, “As a marine science major with biology and environmental science minors, this is my opportunity to learn about and explore the geography and wildlife of New Zealand that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.”

Golden is an Eagle Scout, the highest possible rank in the Boy Scouts of America, and is also active in pre-dental, swimming and aviation clubs at NC State University. During his time in New Zealand, he plans to host video chats with his NC State classmates, as well as with classrooms at his former grade school, Summit Elementary School in Winston-Salem.

Representatives from Go Overseas and Education New Zealand traveled to the North Carolina State University campus in Raleigh, North Carolina, to deliver the news. Friends of Josh gathered for the surprise announcement, and his parents came from Winston-Salem to make it an even more meaningful moment.

Joshua Golden 2Alanna Dick, Field Director for North America for Education New Zealand, said, “Surprising Josh on the NC State campus, surrounded by his supportive friends and family, was a moving experience. His enthusiasm for the opportunity to study in New Zealand is inspiring, and I have no doubt he’ll make the most of his education abroad. We are excited to be able to support his dream and follow him on this journey.”

The past winners of the scholarship have had incredible adventures during their semesters abroad in New Zealand. The 2014 winner was Emma Faucher of Castleton University in Vermont. Colin Murchison, of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, was the 2015 winner from the University of Arkansas. Last year’s winner was Alicia Cotsoradis, from Lawrence, Kansas, who is currently completing her senior year at DePauw University and will graduate with a degree in biochemistry.

"New Zealand sets an example for governments around the world for how to improve and expand study abroad and meaningful cultural exchange,” said Mitch Gordon, Co-Founder and CEO of Go Overseas. “In today's world, that's so important, and we're happy to partner with Education New Zealand to help make that happen. We hope other governments will follow their lead."

"We are also pleased to work with other partners to make Josh's study abroad dream a reality,” continued Gordon. “Student Universe and the study abroad office at North Carolina State University helped support our efforts to surprise Josh with the experience of a lifetime."

The paperless scholarship application is unlike a traditional essay format. The goal is to get students engaged and excited about New Zealand from the get-go so even if they don’t win the scholarship, they will still be invested in studying abroad. Students can find information about the prestigious New Zealand universities they can attend, as well as learn about what it’s like to live in the island nation. During the application process, students can choose whether they’d like to apply for Spring, Summer or Fall terms. They can also select up to three programs, either directly through a university or a study abroad program provider. The final step is to submit a high-quality essay and New Zealand-themed photo. The application for next year’s scholarship opens in late August at GoOverseas.com.


About Go Overseas

Go Overseas logoGo Overseas has a mission to empower everyone to engage in meaningful travel. Peer reviews, interviews, articles, and more help people make educated decisions on their travel programs. Go Overseas strives to provide reliable resources for our nearly 1 million monthly visitors so they are inspired to travel with a purpose.

About Education New Zealand (ENZ)

ENZ logoEducation New Zealand’s primary role in student recruitment is to market New Zealand as an education destination to international students. Through their research and marketing programs, collaboration with international education partners and involvement in student recruitment and business development initiatives, ENZ aims to help their industry achieve growth. They have staff in 18 overseas locations and their head office is in Wellington.


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