Maurica Howard

Class of: 2005
School: Tamaki College
Scholarship Partner: Auckland City Mission
Maurica is a remarkable young woman who is an outstanding example of someone who has overcome huge personal tragedy in her life to achieve her goals. The Dean of Tamaki College said of her: "she is a hard working conscientious student, who is presently the top student in most of her classes. She has a strong sense of compassion for others and a strong resolve to succeed." Despite losing her mother in 2004, Maurica repeatedly succeeded at NCEA and in Sports and Performing Arts.

When awarding Maurica a First Foundation Scholarship, Auckland City Mission's Prue Scott spoke of this student with high regard: "She has faced more difficulties than most adults and overcome substantial barriers to become an A student with a compassion and commitment to helping others. She talks about her achievements with modesty, yet it is clear that she has a great strength and intellect that will see her do well."

Studying at The University of Auckland, Maurica worked hard towards a Bachelor of Commerce, which she graduated from in 2010.