Scholarships help empower the young
Zhan Ellott of Takanini exemplifies how a little help can go a long way.
The 19-year-old budding graphic designer last year received a Papakura Local Board youth scholarship, which has set him on an exciting career path from then on.
The scholarship money helped him purchase the latest computer and software needed for his studies at the ACG Yoobee School of Design.
He’s created the collateral used to promote this year’s scholarships application process.
As a realist, Ellott thought his passion for art, in particular painting, might not be enough to earn him enough to pay the bills.
He hence channelled his talents into graphic design and photography, and set up his own business Taken Design Ltd.
The young man also does work for Neighbourhood Support Papakura District and several local businesses.
‘‘To get that scholarship was amazing because having the latest technology is really important in this field and I could have never have afforded it on my own so quickly,’’ Ellott says.
‘‘It was a massive help and it’s great the local board has these scholarships because it’s a really practical way to help local youth