Future looks bright
Five get a big boost
Five local students were thrilled to receive a leg-up as they prepare for university next year.
Trust Porirua has awarded each a $3000 a year scholarship for three years.
The year 13 recipients were Ebony Sushames of Bishop Viard College, Eddie Callahan of Mana, Fenella Brown of Aotea, Nicholas Gadd of Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in Whitby and Kjarsti Faraimo of Porirua College.
Trust Porirua chair Sue Dow was proud to see ‘‘such a diverse group’’ rewarded for their achievements.
‘‘It’s great to be able to celebrate their successes with them. It’s quite a good scholarship, so we’re happy to be able to give them that leg-up as they go on to tertiary study.’’
This is the second year the trust has awarded the scholarships.
Ms Sushames will study commercial dance at Whitireia New Zealand’s performing arts centre next year.
She plans to take her dancing as far as she can before she hangs up her ballet shoes for good.
‘‘I’ve been dancing my whole life but I’ve always kept my options open. Dancing is something I love to do and I need to do it while I’m young. I’ll do a bit of travel and later study to become a teacher,’’ she said.
Ms Faraimo will be pursuing a childhood dream to become a doctor, studying health science in Otago.
‘‘The scholarship really helps a lot with the financial pressures that tertiary education brings,’’ she said. ‘‘ My family are really happy. In Pacific Island families, when one person is successful it’s like the whole family is successful.’’
Ms Brown and Mr Callahan will both be starting a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration degree course at Victoria University, while Mr Gadd plans to study engineering.
Ms Brown is still deciding, but is interested in advertising and marketing.
‘‘There’s something about it that excites me because I think it’s something I have a passion for and I can be really creative in,’’ she said.
Looking ahead: Recipients of the Trust Porirua scholarships, from left, Ebony Sushames, Eddie Callahan, Fenella Brown, Nicholas Gadd, Kjarsti Faraimo, and one of last year’s recipients, Hitesh Tailor. All have $3000 a year to look forward to for three years.