Scooping ice-creams, painting fences and serving on supermarket checkouts are some of the ways to earn money for university or polytechnic.
But, for 13 Western Bay of Plenty students who have been tackling those jobs and others, life has just got easier and their bank accounts have become healthier.
That's thanks to the Bay of Plenty Education Trust that has just awarded its Science, Technology and Emerging Industries Scholarship to the 13 students, plus six from the Eastern Bay of Plenty.
The Trust has earmarked more than $100,000 from its coffers for the annual scholarship allocation, with each student receiving $5750, to be paid in instalments over the course of their studies.
The Western Bay of Plenty students who received the scholarships at a special ceremony last week are: Sophie McCulloch, Aquinas College; Genevieve Boom, Bethlehem College; Erika Lilley, Te Puke High School; Shannon Scott, Katikati College; Julia Kayes and Mack Petrie of Mount Maunganui College; Jack Gordon and Emily Looker, both of Otumoetai College; Manjinder Dhaliwal, Papamoa College; Jake Rankin and Arman Singh of Tauranga Boys' College; and Sophie Andrews and Mackenzie Groos of Tauranga Girls' College.
Bay of Plenty Education Trust chairman Roger Loveridge says 290 scholars have gained scholarships over the years and the total amount granted to date is $1,372,000.
The scholarships are for exemplary students about to embark on tertiary education in the fields of science, technology and emerging industries. The recipients are determined by the individual schools.