Rising Above What Life Throws at You

25-Mar-2019

The epitome of strength and resilience, Wellington-based Kuini Vidal always knew she wanted to go to university, and the only way to do that would be to obtain a scholarship.

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Doing It Right in the First Place

21-Mar-2019

A former First Foundation Scholar, Eddie says he is a people person in every sense of the trait and applying for the Alumni Programme Manager role was a no-brainer.

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Mentoring - A Selfless Act

01-Jul-2018

Nishaal Prasad is a selfless man – he believes people become a better version of themselves when they act selflessly.

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Mentor's Goal to Assist Others Achieve Theirs

25-Jun-2018

After setting a goal to find a way to give back to the community, Wendy Youens (pictured right) discovered First Foundation.

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Mentoring Strikes a Chord with Busy Professional

19-Jun-2018

When Janna Cowley (pictured left), the Claims Services Delivery Lead at IAG New Zealand, read an article about First Foundation on the insurance company’s intranet, something struck a chord with her.

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Exceptional Talent Inspires Support From SKYCITY

17-Jun-2018

Overwhelmed with the exceptional talent presented by First Foundation in 2017, Scholarship Partner SKYCITY Entertainment Group is excited to continue its support of the Foundation this year.

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Mentoring Is a Two-Way Street

11-Jun-2018

As a former First Foundation employee, Leanne Brittain has observed many successful Mentor-Mentee relationships and knows what works and what does not.

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Counties Power Shines Light On Scholars' Futures

10-Jun-2018

Counties Power is determined to assist young people to be successful in whatever career path they choose and to achieve a happy and bright future.

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Milkshake Chats Builds Rapport

06-Jun-2018

Even if it is simply lending a sympathetic ear or chatting over a milkshake, the impact Teagan Moore and her fellow mentors at First Foundation make is huge.

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Student Stories - Jason Tran

03-Apr-2018

Jason Tran has aspirations of working for the United Nations after his involvement in the United Nations Global Development Tour earlier this year.

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Alumni Stories - Timoti Wharewaka

02-Apr-2018

First Foundation Class of 2012 scholarship recipient Timoti Wharewaka says the First Foundation platform was a great building block which helped him with the transition from high school to university and now, on to achieving his dream job.

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Alumni Stories - Kate Wadsworth

21-Mar-2018

Kate shared with us what she is up to now in 2018 and how First Foundation provided the base for her to go out into the world and achieve her career goals.

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Could Foundation Steps Be Right for You?

20-Mar-2018

When it was suggested to Avondale College Year 13 student Christyanna Saufoi to look at getting involved Foundation Steps, she thought she would see what it was all about.

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Thank You Alan Isaac and NZCT

25-Feb-2018

Alan Isaac was initially introduced to First Foundation in 2003 when he was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of KPMG.

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Today's Complacency Is Tomorrow's Captivity

21-Feb-2018

Get to know a little about one of our excellent scholarship students from the Class of 2017.

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A Super New Way To Support First Foundation

16-Oct-2019

“These donations have a huge impact because they mean we can spend less time fundraising, and more time enabling our young people to achieve their dreams and potential — ultimately making a positive contribution to our society and economy.”

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Alumni Integral to the First Foundation family

03-Sep-2019

“Our alumni are the product of an inspiring four-year journey with First Foundation and are well on their way to becoming successful, inspiring and boundary-spanning leaders in their chosen field…not only are they role models for our current Scholars but they provide First Foundation with valuable feedback and support.”

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Are you our next First Foundation Mentor?

04-Sep-2019

More than 70% of all First Foundation scholarship recipients are the first in their family to attend university. With the academic ability and the drive to succeed but little knowledge about how to navigate the landscape of university life, First Foundation recognises that success needs to be supported in more ways than just financial. An integral part of the scholarship offering is the matching of each scholar with a mentor.

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How Scholarship Partners make a difference

16-Oct-2019

“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 X number of deserving applicants [insert comment about amazing students missing out – could touch on specific subjects?] “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.”

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Returning To The Fold To Give Back

02-Jul-2019

“The support from my Scholarship Partner was influential, as well as the guidance from the First Foundation team and both have really set a solid foundation for my future.”

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Scholar Set On Leading By Example

10-Jul-2019

“Receiving this Scholarship is another reminder hard work pays off and no matter your circumstances, you can do whatever you want if you put your heart, mind and soul towards it.”

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Scholarship Partner – AJ Park

10-Jul-2019

“We want to see all capable students have these opportunities irrespective of their backgrounds and circumstances.”

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Scholarship Partner – Barfoot & Thompson

29-Apr-2019

“This support is about our giving back to the Auckland community and fostering youth.”

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Scholarship Partner - Transpower

29-Apr-2019

“Supporting the communities we work within is really important to us and our scholarships are just one of the ways we do this,” Sally says.

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Scholarship Partner - WSP Opus

10-Jul-2019

A key area of focus for this plan is to support employment opportunities and initiatives for Māori and Pasifika, Head of Talent Acquisition James Brown says.

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Shared History with First Foundation Special To Sponsorship Partners NZI

05-Jun-2019

“Here at NZI we like to try and tailor our students’ work experience to suit their interests and professional goals,” Garry says.

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Sponsorship Partner – SKYCITY

10-Jul-2019

“While we have worked within youth employment for a number of years, we only recently confirmed a consolidation of effort and focus to youth development and employment.”

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The Art of Mentoring

03-Sep-2019

There are so many ways in which a Mentor can be a wonderful support to a student. Just sharing their own story of the road they travelled to get where they are now and what goals and dreams they have for the future is pretty impactful.

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Unique partnership inspires First Foundation Scholars

16-Oct-2019

Just over a decade ago, a successful partnership ignited between the New Zealand telecommunications company Spark and First Foundation. The momentum has continued, and Spark has been instrumental in the success and achievements of many First Foundation Scholars. It currently supports 17 Scholars, and First Foundation is recruiting another five for its 2019 recruitment campaign. READ MORE

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