Alicia Paulsen

Class of: 2006
School: Linwood College
Scholarship Partner: Spark New Zealand
In her Yr 11 Alicia was first in her class academically and was the recipient of the Carter Observatory Scholarship and an Aurora Astronomy Scholarship. Amidst an array of other curricular and extra-curricular involvements, she also displayed a passion for the Sciences, environmental issues and business-related endeavours.

Through a First Foundation Scholarship with Telecom (now Spark NZ) Alicia was given opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of the business sector. Paul Deavoll, from Spark, said of Alicia "she is clearly an outstanding student. Her academic achievements to date are impressive and her referees spoke highly of her reliability, willingness to be involved and can do attitude." Alicia states "I have benefited from all aspects of this Scholarship in combination. You couldn't ask for anything more."

Alicia considered it a goal achieved when she graduated from Canterbury University with a Bachelor of Science in 2010. Also in 2010 she attended the Conference on Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR) in Albury, Australia.

Alicia lost her Uncle in the Christchurch earthquakes and working through the grief with family has been hugely challenging. In the face of devastation, Alicia's determination grew and in 2013 she completed a Masters in Environmental Policy from Lincoln University. Her research was in the area of virtual water.

In 2014 Alicia started working at Selwyn District Council as a water services support planner, working in the area of water infrastructure assets management.