Class of: 2011
School: De La Salle College
Scholarship Partner: Fonterra Brands (NZ) Ltd
Youngest of 7 children, Francis will be the first in his family to secure a scholarship and transition into tertiary education. Outgoing and dependable in character, Francis shows focus, determination and maturity in the face of hardship and challenge. In regards to their scholarship selection, Fonterra Brands commented, "Fonterra Brands is always looking for potential future talent. To Fonterra Brands 'potential' means an individual who has drive and who has influence among their peers. We saw this potential in Francis."
Francis was an active member in his school and wider community. He took up opportunities to lead his Church Youth Group, be a Peer Support for junior students, volunteer hours of service for his community and play Touch, Kilikiti and Rugby. Francis was a particularly outstanding Rugby player representing Mangere and Counties Manukau in numerous tournaments. This young leader held positions as vice-captain and captain for the Nesian Hawks, his team winning the Under 17s competition for four consecutive years. In 2010 he was named the Auckland Rugby League Under 16s Player of the Year.
Francis unashamedly states that he has "high ambitions." These include gaining a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Auckland. He wants to become a registered Accountant and dreams of working in one of the top four Accounting firms.