How Scholarship Partners make a difference

16-Oct-2019

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First Foundation Corporate Account Manager awarding a certificate at the 2018 First Foundation Awards ceremony

First Foundation Scholarship Partners help shape the future of New Zealand’s youth.  Corporate Account Manager Amanda Gilchrist emphasises how Scholarship Partners are fundamental and play a huge part of assisting our worthy of support students.  

“Scholarship Partners help our students achieve both personal and professional success, breaking the generational poverty cycles by allowing these young people to become role models for others, raising aspirations in their families, communities and wider society,” Amanda says. 

In the many years Amanda has worked at First Foundation, she has seen numerous students pass through First Foundation, and says watching the completion ceremonies is the best part of her job.

Seeing them graduate with their degrees and knowing how many of them faced and overcame adversity and obstacles along the way is a major highlight, she adds.  At this time of the year we have to turn away up to 100+ deserving applicants.

“The more we can assist larger numbers of these students to transform and take those transferable skills, networks, communication skills, work ethic and of course their tertiary academic achievements into their lives going forward, the better off New Zealand will be,” she says. 

“I totally believe in the model and the power of education to drive change, and I thrive on working with the companies to assist the transformation of these worthy of support young people.”  

To do this, First Foundation is calling on businesses to consider becoming one of its invaluable Scholarship Partners.  There are many reasons to get involved with First Foundation, Amanda says.
 
Organisations should get involved, as a partner at First Foundation, to see first-hand the positive and transformative impact they can have on these inspirational young New Zealanders, who are in need of a hand up,” she continues.  

“They also get to witness their student within their work-place and see their growth and development year on year throughout the duration of the four-year scholarship.”  

A company can select its own scholarship recipient based on its criteria; and by achieving its own company goals within their internal strategies regarding corporate social responsibility (CSR), talent pooling and/or providing diversity within the workplace.  

The benefits of joining First Foundation’s proven and unique programme are ten-fold.  

Companies can see the direct impact of its commitment and the development its involvement adds; while it also brings diversity to the workplace.  

It is a potential talent pool for graduate recruitment Strategic skills acquisition – young people are the future workforce and if your organisation requires key skills for the future, a First Foundation Student can meet these needs.  

There is often increased employee engagement and morale – staff can also benefit from the fresh outlook, new ideas and energy that the First Foundation student can bring – and the list goes on.  

For over a decade Chapman Tripp has supported First Foundation students, and partner Michael Harper says both Chapman Tripp and the student benefit in so many ways from this partnership.  “It is an invaluable partnership for both sides, but mostly because we are helping talent to thrive and then that talent enriches our community,” he says.  

Becoming a First Foundation Scholarship Partner is an opportunity to join an extensive network of reputable New Zealand businesses supporting talented young New Zealanders, such as Fletcher Building, Spark, SKYCITY, Fonterra, NZI, Chapman Tripp, BNZ, Westpac, Gibson Sheat, Sistema Plastics, Steel and Tube Holdings to name a few.  To join our Scholarship Partners visit First Foundation.

Want to become a Scholarship Partner?
For further enquiries please contact:
Amanda Gilchrist
Corporate Accounts Manager
P. 09 522 4140
M. 027 550 7777
E. amanda.gilchrist@firstfoundation.org.nz

“The more we can assist larger numbers of these students to transform and take those transferable skills, networks, communication skills, work ethic and of course their tertiary academic achievements into their lives going forward, the better off New Zealand will be”