Student Stories - Jason Tran



Jason Tran
Class of: 2016
School: One Tree Hill College
Scholarship Partner: Westpac New Zealand Limited

Jason Tran (pictured) has aspirations of working for the United Nations after his involvement in the United Nations Global Development Tour earlier this year. The University of Auckland Bachelors of Engineering (Hons) and Commerce conjoint student is a First Foundation Class of 2016 scholarship recipient.

During high school, Jason attended a New Zealand’s Youth Arm to the United Nations (UN Youth NZ) event, after which, he was "mesmerised".

“I wanted to see how my leadership skills and confidence heightened, and it was an amazing opportunity to get to know other like-minded students around New Zealand passionate in being the next leaders of tomorrow,” Jason says.

UN Youth NZ regularly holds events for high school students around the country, aiming at growing their debating ability, public speaking, and negotiating skills (communication), as well as problem-solving and civics education skills.

When Jason heard they were organising the UN Global Development Tour, he thought it would be a trip of a lifetime and applied with the support of his First Foundation mentor, teachers, friends, and family. He was over the moon to be included in the tour and says he loved every moment of it of the trip, including the two musicals the group attended in Westend, London and Broadway, New York.

“I loved the hipster cafes and restaurants we ate in, including cuisine from all over the world – Ethiopian food is amazing, 99c New York Pizza, and Lobster Pasta in Italy. I also loved the Columbia University Model United Nations conference we attended, engaging in debates with like-minded high school students from all over America.”

The trip has inspired Jason to work hard for his goals and dreams in life. “Meeting all these successful leaders and change-makers in the world promoting peace and working to combat injustices is truly inspiring.”

Jason says his time at First Foundation has served him well and he cannot emphasise enough how important it is to have a scholarship that helps a student through their development and success in university.

“What makes First Foundation special and truly successful is their commitment to forming strong relationships with their students. Staff are always excited to hear how you’ve been, what’s on your mind, and if you’re tracking well.”

First Foundation holds workshops that touch on issues students face - transitioning into a university, succeeding in interviews, shaping self-management skills, and how to combat stress.

“The structure of the scholarship, providing a mentor and work experience, not only gives you the support financially, but the much-needed support network from people and develops skills to make you employable and self-manageable in life.”

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“What makes First Foundation special and truly successful is their commitment to forming strong relationships with their students."