Stu­dents earn ‘hand up’

Kapi-Mana News - - EDUCATION -

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

Sharma.

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