Foun­da­tion of­fers a help­ing hand


Forty-seven Whi­tireia stu­dents were awarded schol­ar­ships by the Whi­tireia Foun­da­tion last month.

A to­tal of $115,000 worth of schol­ar­ships from 23 spon­sors were awarded at the cer­e­mony on March 23.

For the Ju­jnovich fam­ily, be­ing a first-time spon­sor was a huge deal.

Their spon­sor­ship is in the name of Kay­lene Te Roha Kahu­rangi Tareha-O’Reilly, their mother, part­ner and daugh­ter-in­law, who died two years ago.

‘‘It is awe­some my mum’s name is against the schol­ar­ship,’’ said Keanu O’Reilly.

The fam­ily spon­sor­ship is about ‘‘giv­ing back be­cause the paramedics and whole med­i­cal pro­fes­sion did a great job’’, said fa­ther-in-law and Whi­tireia em­ployee Lau­rence Ju­jnovich.

For Arama Wi­neera, study­ing for a bach­e­lor of ap­plied arts (toi poutama), get­ting a schol­ar­ship from Fuji Xerox NZ meant she did not have to spend time think­ing about fees and their im­pact on her life af­ter she fin­ished study­ing.

Schol­ar­ship stu­dents are en­cour­aged to have an on­go­ing re­la­tion­ship with their spon­sor.

Wi­neera thanked Fuji Xerox by gift­ing a spe­cial carv­ing to the com­pany.

Ngawhera Ran­gi­taawa’s mother, Tess Swanson, said her son was ‘‘hugely grate­ful’’ to be spon­sored by Red Wolf Se­cu­rity Lim­ited for his bach­e­lor of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy.

Kelvin Irvine chairs the foun­da­tion, which is made up of

Mem­bers of the Ju­jnovich fam­ily gather to present their first schol­ar­ship in mem­ory of their mother, part­ner and daugh­ter-in-law. From left, Keanu O’Reilly, Lau­rence and Te Ro­era Ju­jnovich, Whi­tireia Foun­da­tion chair­man Kelvin Irvine, Richard and Tu­manako Ju­jnovich.

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