Michael Parker

Class of: 2005
School: Aotea College
Scholarship Partner: Fliway Transport
At the time of applying to become at First Foundation Scholar, the Principal of Aotea College said "Michael comes to you with our highest recommendation - he takes his work very seriously and is always polite, respectful and very responsible." A standout student, in 2004 Michael received the Massey University Vice Chancellors Award. From early on he showed promise as a young entrepreneur and was part of the winning team for the 2005 Lion Nathan Business Scheme. While still at school, Michael had ambitions to develop a career in Business.

Pat Higgins of Fliway said, in regards their scholarship selection; "It was evident that he has accomplished so much, both academically and personally, through hard work and dedication. He has ambition, a plan and determination, which are major attributes for achieving the goals he has set."

Michael says it was a highlight graduating in 2010 with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University. When reflecting on his First Foundation experience, Michael exclaims: "Lots of benefits!! Confidence, work experience and ethics, guidance, financial help, self belief, and the relationships with the First Foundation team." The relationships he built during his Scholarship are ongoing.

Michael worked in recruitment in London and returned to New Zealand October 2014 and then was employed at Hay's as an Engineering Recruitment Consultant. He is currently working in Melbourne.