Sidhaarth Kumar 006

ACG scholar accepted into Oxford University

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Former ACG Parnell College Student, Sidhaarth Kumar, has realised a dream held by many, as he has accepted a place at one of the world’s top universities; Oxford University, England.

Sidhaarth received unconditional offers from both the University of Oxford and the Imperial College of London but was thrilled to accept his spot in the Balliol College, his first choice among Oxford’s constituent colleges. The college is renowned for its academic excellence and exceptional results, producing “some of the most revolutionary physical insights”, making it all the more appealing for Sidhaarth.

While at ACG Parnell, Sidhaarth was given ample opportunity to become independent, grow academically, and to gain skills which will help him transition smoothly into tertiary study. When reflecting on his time at college, Sidhaarth is not only grateful for the personal interest that his teachers provided him, but also the amazing school camps that got the opportunity to attend.

Last year, Sidhaarth was the recipient of the ACG Founders’ Scholarship, which recognises outstanding academic ability, amongst a list of exceptional personal qualities for future success. "The Founders’ Scholarship not only supports me financially, but the great confidence that the ACG Selection Board has shown in my ability reassures me that overseas study is a good investment towards my future.”

The scholarship, valued at up to $75,000, is available to any ACG secondary school student in New Zealand who is planning on commencing university study in the following year.

Although Sidhaarth is keeping his options open in the future, he is currently considering a career in theoretical physics research. He will begin a four-year Master of Physics programme of study in October 2020.