Michaela Wakelin

Class of: 2011
School: Avondale College
Scholarship Partner: Auckland DHB Charitable Trust

With a strong community service ethic, Michaela carries a clear vision for caring for others. In her application to become a First Foundation scholar, this reliable, hard-working and self-motivated young woman wrote "I have a passion to serve and make a difference in people's lives."

A strong team player, Michaela has the ability to relate to a range of people with a quiet, yet developing confidence. During her time at Avondale College, she has been an outstanding player in the Premier Girls cricket and First XI football teams, representing the school at national tournaments. She was captain of the Junior A Football team when they won the Auckland Championship in 2009. Michaela is also a talented singer and Trombonist. She was actively involved in the life and outreach of her Church.

Michaela had a  desire to train as a Podiatrist and in December 2015 graduated with a  Bachelor of Health Science in Podiatry from Auckland University of Technology. Volunteering in school holidays as a leader for children's camps and working as a caregiver for a young girl with autism and down-syndrome are just two endeavours that have instilled in Michael patience, understanding and problem-solving. All qualities which form a solid foundation for a future career as a health professional.

Michael has moved to Christchurch where she is starting her careeer at a well known Podiatry Clinic.