Alice Markie

Class of: 2009
School: Birkenhead College
Scholarship Partner: New Zealand Post
At the time of her application to First Foundation, Alice lived with her mother who had suffered from a stroke and her older sister. Being awarded a First Foundation Scholarship has been a chance to "lessen the pressure on my family and help me become the independent person I hope to be," says Alice.

According to her Principal at Birkenhead College, Alice 'possessed a natural charm, dignity of spirit and sense of proportion that belies her years. She inspired trust and earned the respect and admiration of teachers and peers alike.' At school Alice was an enthusiastic musician, she captained her Badminton team and was a Student Librarian. She demonstrated her leadership skills as a Youth Parliamentarian and also held a sound academic record, achieving particularly highly in English, History and Statistics.

With interests in teaching and advertising, Alice completed a Bachelor of Communications at AUT University and is currently working at Kiwibank.