Jennifer Thonrithi

Class of: 2017
School: Southern Cross Campus
Scholarship Partner: Fletcher Building

Very rarely does a student come from such adverse circumstances to overcome and maintain a clear focus on the future with a passion to learn. Jennifer has no blood relatives in New Zealand and has been in foster care since 2010. Born in New Zealand with Thai parents, Jennifer has faced huge challenges, yet stands apart as a student who achieves and participates in school life at the highest levels.

Jennifer is fascinated with the world of thinking and behaviour and is set to study a BA in Psychology. One of her goals is to be financially independent and to give back for all the help she has received. Music is important to her and she plays violin, as well as composing music. Jennifer also has a goal to learn the Thai language so that she can connect with her culture and start to gain an understanding of her heritage.