2011 Recipients of Grants Totaling $30,500
Sarah is in her final year of physiotherapy at Otago University. She is planning to attend the Outward Bound Course in November this year. She sees this as an opportunity to continue developing the personal and interpersonal skills required to work with a vast range of people. It will also strengthen her skills in leadership teamwork, communication and problem solving.
Sarah plans to become a paediatric physiotherapist.
In her role as Mentor, in the Programme- Challenge for Change, Sarah is described as a natural leader and a person of great integrity with a lot of enthusiasm and energy and with a special gift for working with young people. Her grant will go towards the cost of the course.
Lachlan is a past student of Scots College and is currently attending Massey University studying towards a Bachelor of Science majoring in Sport and Exercise Science. He is an enthusiastic triathlete and recently qualified for the three person under 19 elite triathlon team to race in the world champ.
Lachlan attended a training camp in Australia in August this year and heads to Beijing in September for the world championship race. His grant will assist with costs for this trip.
Lachlan’s long term goal is to win a gold medal at the London Olympics.
Charlotte was Dux of Queen Margaret College in 2008. She is now attending Auckland University working towards a co-joint Arts and Engineering honours degree. Next year she will specialize in Civil Engineering. She also plans to continue studying Politics and Music. Charlotte has always achieved top marks in her studies. Long term Charlotte will work towards becoming a Chartered Engineer.
Charlotte’s community and leadership achievements are vast and include being vice president for Auckland University Engineering Society as well as being the head facilitator leading the United Nations Youth NZ high schools delegation to the Australian United Nations Youth Conference. Charlotte’s grant will go towards her studies.
Robert is a student at Tawa College. He has been racing on the Mountain Bike competitive circuit for over 12 months. In that time he has improved his placings from 11th nationally, to winning the Winter Champs in Rotorua in June 2011.
Robert has been involved in Scouts since he was 6 and has achieved a Chief Scout Award and a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. He is working towards the Queen’s Scout Award and the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Robert’s goal is to continue participating in the National Mountain Bik Competitions. His grant will allow him to participate in these events.
Anna is a current student at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School. She will be studying health science next year at Otago University with an ultimate goal of eventually becoming a pediatrician.
Anna works for Care NZ Can Addictions Specialist Company in the school holidays. She has been described as demonstrating a strong sense of determination to set and achieve goals.
Anna’s grant will assist her with her first year of study at Otago University.
Madeline McINTYRE WILSON
Maria is aged 18 and a current student at Victoria University studying a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law with honours. She takes an active part in the Russian community helping organize festivals and Xmas plays. Her aim is to work in the diplomatic field and her grant will assist with university expenses.
Beverly is a current student at St Mary’s college and wishes to take up a health science course at Otago University in 2012. Her goal is to complete a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery degree. Beverly has excelled at science during her school years. She is not only a strong academic but has demonstrated commitment in time and leadership through her work with students from all areas of the college.
Beverly’s grant will assist her with her 1sr year university expenses.
Jennifer is a current student at Onslow College. She is aiming to study health sciences at Otago University next year. Jennifer’s goal is to attend is to become a paediatrician and in 2013 hopes to begin a medical degree. In 2010 Jennifer was a member of the NZ team that attended the International Young physicists Tournament in Vienna, in which NZ was placed 3rd in the world. Jennifer not only has a love for science but loves working with children. Her grant will help her with her first year university expenses.
Hayden attended Onslow College until 2009 and in 2010 he studied two courses in Physics at Massey University. Hayden has been given the opportunity to attend the University of Missouri State, USA and to be educated in the field of Engineering. At the same time, Hayden, a talented football player has been offered a chance to play football in a professional environment. Hayden has always dreamt of this opportunity.
The four year period that Hayden will be in Missouri State will give Hayden the skills to become professional in more than one field.
Hayden’s grant will help him with expenses for this course.
Finau (Tufi) SELE
Tufi attended Onslow College and is now studying extramurally at Massey University. Tufi is a promising rower and is planning to join the under 23 NZ rowing team competing in the Rowing World Championships in Amsterdam.
Tufi has competed at National level in 2009 and 2010 with great success. His long term goal is to row for NZ at the 2012 London Olympics and eventually the 2016 Olympics where he will be aiming for a gold medal.
The grant will assist Tufi with travel expenses to Amsterdam.
Jake is a current student at Onslow College. He has a passion for music and is currently writing and recording a solo album. He is a gifted musician who has spent time developing his skills in sound engineering and production.
Jake is an accomplished composer consistently producing work at an excellent level that is creative, well structured and of a professional quality. As well as busking to pay for equipment, Jake has a part time job as a guitar tutor at the Rock Institute. His grant will go towards the cost of recording an album.
In 2010 Jamie, at Victoria University, completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and also Japanese. In 2011 she commenced an honours degree at Massey University in psychology.
The positive impacts psychology can have on people’s lives fascinates Jamie and she eventually wants to work in this field to assist people recovering from brain injury.
Next year Jamie intends researching neuropsychological rehabilitation as part of her doctorate. She is requesting a grant to assist with her university expenses.
Todd is a current student at Onslow College. He is intending to study performing arts at Whitireia Community Polytechnic in 2012 -2013. Todd is a dedicated and talented dancer who wants to make dancing his career. He recently competed at the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas.
By undertaking the two year full time course, Todd will have a solid base of dance technique and performance training which will enable him to pursue all commercial dance and musical theatre opportunities. It will also enable him to teach dance which he sees as a long term career prospect. As well he hope to develop his own choreography.
Todd has been described as “very gifted in his ability to tell a story through dance”.
His grant will go towards his study expenses.
Ella VAN DER MESPEL
Ella is a talented violinist. She has been accepted to study at Utrecht’s Conservatorium in The Netherlands commencing in September 2011. She is currently the Concert Master of the Wellington Youth Orchestra. Ella also assists at a preschool music class at the Johnsonville Community Centre.
Ella was a valued member of the music culture at Newlands College while a student there. Since leaving college, she has returned to play in school shows and has also been employed as a temporary relief teacher of the violin.
Ella’s grant will go towards expenses in her first year in The Netherlands.
Alice YOUNG DREW
Alice is studying at Massey University towards a Bachelor of Communications Degree. Her goal is to become a Broadcast Journalist and a Motivational Speaker. She hopes to work in Media Production to create ways in which New Zealanders can help people in desperate need.
Alice will spend up to four months volunteering in a Cambodian Orphanage. She will also spend time in Phnom Penh’s National Baby Centre which accommodates children with severe disabilities. She will return to New Zealand and raise awareness of volunteer programmes and encourage people to take part.
Alice is also a gymnastics coach and is responsible for a group of level 4 gymnasts. Seven of her gymnasts were named the top 28 level 4 gymnasts in the country. She is described as being a passionate, caring, strong yet humble leader. Her grant will help towards funding her trip to Cambodia.