Schol­ar­ships help em­power the young

Papakura Courier - - FRONT PAGE - LIU CHEN

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

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