Joe in line for sec­ond schol­ar­ship

Hastings Leader - - News -

Joe Pay­ton from Hast­ings is up against eight other nom­i­nees across New Zealand to win a $5000 AMP Peo­ple’s Choice Schol­ar­ship, af­ter re­ceiv­ing a $5000 AMP re­gional schol­ar­ship — to help him achieve his dream of launch­ing Vic­tory Vault, NZ’s first ded­i­cated sports de­vel­op­ment plat­form.

All nine AMP re­gional schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents from around New Zealand are el­i­gi­ble for the Peo­ple’s Choice Schol­ar­ship af­ter they were suc­cess­ful in se­cur­ing the re­gional schol­ar­ship for their re­spec­tive re­gions.

De­scrib­ing his dream, 39-year-old Joe says his busi­ness Vic­tory Vault will pro­vide a por­tal for in­di­vid­u­als, pro­fes­sion­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions to learn and grow from a ded­i­cated sports de­vel­op­ment plat­form. His dream is to help young, ta­lented sports peo­ple reach their goals of rep­re­sent­ing their coun­try.

“The AMP peo­ple’s choice schol­ar­ship will as­sist us to get our startup, Vic­tory Vault to mar­ket.”

AMP manag­ing di­rec­tor Blair Ver­non says the tal­ent, ded­i­ca­tion and courage of the 2018 AMP schol­ar­ship ap­pli­cants meant it was ex­tremely re­ward­ing as well as par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing to choose this year’s ta­lented re­cip­i­ents.

“This year AMP will pro­vide up to $200,000 to help in­spi­ra­tional and gifted New Zealan­ders of all ages and from all walks of life who have the courage to chase their dreams — whether it’s a de­sire to start a new busi­ness, launch a so­cial en­ter­prise or to win gold for New Zealand at the Olympics, we can help turn their dream into re­al­ity.

“Since 1998 AMP is proud to have granted more than $2.4 mil­lion to­wards help­ing over 300 ev­ery­day Ki­wis re­alise their dreams and to con­trib­ute in mean­ing­ful and pro­found ways to our com­mu­ni­ties.

“We will con­tinue to help fos­ter great­ness in our gifted dream­ers and we look for­ward to help­ing ta­lented Ki­wis like Joe go on to achieve tremen­dous things.”

Vot­ing for the Peo­ple’s Choice Schol­ar­ship is open to the pub­lic now and closes on Oc­to­ber 21.

The suc­cess­ful re­cip­i­ent will re­ceive $5000 from AMP.

This year AMP Schol­ar­ships cel­e­brates 20 years of its schol­ar­ship pro­gramme. The com­pany is an ad­vo­cate of ev­ery­day Ki­wis who start with a dream, work ethic and an in­domitable will to suc­ceed.

■ To learn more about AMP Schol­ar­ships and to vote in Peo­ple’s Choice visit: amp.co.nz/schol­ar­ships

PHOTO: DUN­CAN BROWN

Joe Pay­ton (left), man­ager, Hawke’s Bay Rugby Academy and Quinn Fogarty, Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay Col­lege, Waipuku­rau, tak­ing part in an EIT East­ern In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Mag­pies rugby train­ing work­shop at Ta­matea High School last year.

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