Auckland law student wins major scholarship

14 January 2014
Brierley Penn
Brierley pictured at Google LA headquarters on a trip to represent NZ youth at the US-NZ Pacific Partnership Forum last year.

International management consultancy, the Boston Consulting Group, has awarded a $15,000 scholarship to outstanding Auckland Law School student Brierley Penn.

It is the third successive year the scholarship has been won by a student of the University of Auckland and Brierley was the top applicant from Australia and New Zealand.

Brierley, aged 21, was educated at Wanganui High School and is the daughter of David and Fiona Penn, who currently reside in Wanganui. She has received a number of academic awards and scholarships to help her continue with her studies.

The BCG Scholarship was introduced in 2004 to provide financial support and recognition to outstanding tertiary students from Australasia in their second-to-last year of study.

Brierley is completing a conjoint Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Finance, and has also completed a Certificate in French.

An adept communicator, she has excelled in competitions for debating, client interviewing, negotiation and mediation and she is a business columnist with the New Zealand Herald.

Once she finishes her summer internship at an investment bank in Auckland, she will go to Paris as one of a team of four chosen to represent the Law School at the International Commercial Mediation Championships in February.

Brierley has been a member of the University of Auckland’s debating team for several years and participates in international competitions as a competitor and judge.

Earlier this year, she travelled to Washington D.C. to represent New Zealand youth at the US-NZ Pacific Partnership Forum, discussing the future of the US-NZ economic and policitcal relationship.

She has always been involved in clubs and non-profit groups around the University, serving as Business Manager for the Auckland University Law Review in 2013, and as Schools Manager on SavY NZ in 2012, an organisation that runs free financial literacy workshops for secondary school students.

Her scholarship comes with a job offer at BCG in Sydney and Brierley will take up the opportunity to work for the company, which she says has “a really strong non-profit focus, something which is very important to me”.

As an example, she refers to BCG’s willingness to share its management consulting skills to help Aboriginal communities.

Brierley will complete the final year of her degree in Auckland this year, and plans to continue her involvement in extra-curricular and community service pursuits.


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