Dr. Murray Pearson and Lightwire Undergraduate Scholarship

Dr. Murray Pearson & Lightwire Scholarship

Lightwire is a proud to be backing the Dr. Murray Pearson and Lightwire Undergraduate Scholarship, supporting one lucky student in their second year of study in an undergraduate degree in computer science.

“Lightwire continues to recruit a number of graduates from UoW each year and has a strong partnership with the university and its students, this scholarship adds another layer to that while also acknowledging the great work Murray did here at Lightwire.” says Brendan Ritchie, CEO of Lightwire’s business division.

The motivation behind the Scholarship

Murray Pearson was a lecturer at Waikato University in the Computer Sciences department and became the creator and project lead on a study to develop rural wireless connectivity.  The success of this study prompted the creation of RuralLink. RuralLink offered wireless internet connectivity to rural communities in the Waikato, with Murray as the founder. Later RuralLink was renamed to Lightwire when Andrew Johnson (managing director of London Green Group) purchased the business. Murray stayed with Lightwire as it grew until his departure in 2017.  Our desire to support the Computer Science students at the University of Waikato is a combination of honouring the work that Murray did, and supporting a department from which many of our past and present employees have graduated.


In order to apply for the scholarship, applicants must be:

  • Currently enrolled full-time in their second year of an undergraduate degree with Computer Science as a major at the University of Waikato.
  • Not be eligible for fees-free.
  • Have gained at least an A- average in their first year of study.
  • A New Zealand citizen or Permanent Resident.

Value & Tenure

For the next 3 years, we have committed to offering a scholarship to a second-year Computer Science student to support them in paying their expenses.

  • Value of $3,000 towards the cost of tuition fees.
  • Tenure of one year.


You are eligible and could use that $3000 towards your tuition fees? Great! Keep the following application details in mind.

  • Applications will close 31 March each year.
  • Applicants should submit the following along with their online application:
    • A Personal Statement which addresses the following:
      • Why they believe he or she should be selected.
      • Why they have chosen their study/career path.

Scholarships applications are through the UoW’s scholarship section. You can find details about the scholarship here

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