Class of: 2005
School: Manurewa High School
Scholarship Partner: Siemens (NZ) Ltd
Joshua reflects that "I may not have had the drive to finish my degree had it not been for my First Foundation Scholarship and the friends I made through it."
His Careers Advisor at school said of him "he is a well respected, confident young man who accepts responsibilities willingly and with integrity, he is hardworking, enthusiastic and positive in all he does." Joshua also proved to be an outstanding pianist and saxophonist. He gained his Grade Five music exam with Distinction several years ahead of most of his peers. While still at school he was a member of the Auckland University Music Academy, founded a rock band in his Church Youth Group and played in his school Senior Concert and Stage Bands.
Angela Taylor of Siemens said when she met with Joshua she was impressed by the passion with which he spoke about his community involvement and hobbies. She noted that his humility and passion fit perfectly with Siemens' values for having a passion for winning and taking ownership. "Siemens is delighted to have Joshua Gordon as our first First Foundation scholarship student."
Joshua graduated in 2010 from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration. He is currently employed by Manna Christian Stores in Lower Hutt with the goal of one day becoming Manager.