Students earn ‘hand up’
Aotea College’s Jared Pu’a is among four year 12 students whose tertiary ambitions have received a major boost by their selection for First Foundation scholarships.
Jared, with Tommy McLoughlin and Brooke Hanlon from Taita College, and Monisha Sharma from Naenae College, are guaranteed paid work experience and mentoring during their final year of high school next year, and their sponsoring companies will provide up to $4000 a year for three years to offset university fees. Work placements during holidays will continue through their university years.
The First Foundation scholarships bring together a diverse group of talented but financially disadvantaged New Zealand students to help them achieve their potential.
The scholarships are described as a ‘‘hand up’’ rather than a ‘‘hand out’’.
Since the programme was launched in 1998, more than 240 young people have been supported with scholarships, thanks to the generosity of 87 scholarship partners.
For this year’s local scholarships, Telecom is sponsoring Brooke, the Pauatahanui-based Building Research Association of New Zealand is supporting Tommy, and Warehouse Stationery is sponsoring Monisha and Jared.
Jared is a member of the Ketesemane Church and plays rugby, touch, indoor netball and indoor football. He plans to study criminology at Victoria University, and will be the first member of his family to get a tertiary education.
Vanessa Oakley, of First Foundation principal sponsor Telecom, said her company saw the programme’s benefits as twofold.
‘‘ Not only do the scholarships provide recipients with access to better education and work experience opportunities than they may otherwise have had, but they also enable the students to contribute and give back to their communities.’’
Study boost: Winners of First
Foundation scholarships are, from left, Jared Pu’a,
Tommy McLoughlin, Brooke Hanlon and Monisha