Jeanette sees the First Foundation scholarship as not just about herself but about a brighter future for family and the people around her. She is the eldest of five sisters, and lives with her mother who is from the Philippines. She recognises the hard work her mother puts in to support her and her sisters and their extended family in the Philippines. At school, it was Jeanette's hope that studying at a tertiary level would assist her in providing a better life for her family.
This hard working student enjoyed success at school, including her Young Enterprise Scheme team winning the South Island 'Durham St Copthorne Business Presentation Award' in 2007 for their innovation. 'Jeanette appears to have an entrepreneurial spirit that is a valuable asset for her, her family and the wider community' said Tony Harris from Westpac at the 2008 First Foundation Awards Evening.
With her talent and interest in business, Jeanette is pursuing a Bachelor of of Applied Management in HR at CPIT, Christchurch. In 2017 she will complete this and graduate with a double major in HR and Business Transformation and Change.