Great graduate thankful for scholarship

A great graduate

Eilish Out-O'Reilly was the first in her family to achieve a university education, graduating with a Bachelor of Design in 2018.

It is common for recipients of scholarships to say that as well as the material difference made by the financial assistance of their grant, knowing there are people out there who believe in their potential and want to support them ignites their motivation to succeed.

Eilish Out-O’Reilly is one of 50 who have been the first of their families to embark on an education at AUT with the support of the Woolf Fisher Trust. In a successful end to 2018, Eilish not only took home her Bachelor of Design, she also took the Head of School Award for Top Overall Student and a UX Homegrown Award for a household food management app she designed and exhibited.

‘WasteNot’ explored how technology could be used to resolve the issue of food waste. Created as part of her curriculum, the app provides users with recipe suggestions based on ingredients already in the cupboard, visually organises stock, and provides information about what’s expiring and when.

“Seeing everything come together on exhibition night was beyond surreal. The awards, the website and the response to my project really rounded off a truly amazing year. I am very excited to see where the future takes me.

“I am beyond thankful to have received the AUT Woolf Fisher First in Family Scholarship. None of this would have been possible without the generosity of the trust. To be able to pursue, explore and excel in an area I am passionate about has been a truly fulfilling experience.”

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