Kimberley Olivecrona

Class of: 2006
School: Taita College
Scholarship Partner: Research New Zealand
Kimberley's Yr 12 Dean recommended her for a First Foundation Scholarship as "a student who has the ability to go far." Her highly developed work habits saw her succeed through high school as a high achiever and an active participant in Sports, school productions and outreach groups such as Amnesty International.

Carrying out her own research about Research New Zealand in preparation for her interview with them, Kimberley demonstrated her enthusiasm for receiving a scholarship from the company. "Working in Research New Zealand helped boost my confidence as a person. I will be the first to describe myself as shy and uncertain of myself and my skills before entering the Scholarship" states Kimberley.

Over the course of her Scholarship, Kimberley faced devastating family challenges and as a result had to dig deep to find the drive to continue her studies. In 2014 Kimberley moved to Auckland to pursue her new-found passion for New Zeland Sign language and graduated in 2016 with  BA, majoring in NZSL - English Interpreting.  She is working fulltime as an Interpreter whilst studying extramurally for a Bachelor of Business Studies (her original degree).