Neelkanth Patel

Class of: 2006
School: Naenae College
Scholarship Partner: The Warehouse
This impressive student stood out for academic excellence across all three levels of NCEA with strengths in Accounting and Science. He was awarded Merit Awards every year for his achievements. As well as having a great academic record, Neelkanth was a talented sportsman excelling in playing and captaining school Cricket and Table Tennis. Outside of school, Neelkanth showed commitment to his local temple and helped out his parents in running their convenience store.

For Daryl Brigden, of The Warehouse, Neelkanth's Scholarship application had the "X" factor. "The pride, commitment and passion for life shone through it and conveyed something special about the writer. His commitment to education was unshakeable - he realised that it was the key to his future" said Daryl.

With the career goal of becoming an accountant, Neelkanth completed a degree in Commerce and Administration at Victoria University. Graduating in 2010, he has gone on to do complete an Honours year in Accounting in 2011. , Neelkanth tutored at Victoria University and is involved in the Food of Life charitable organisation.

Neelkanth is currently working for an International Chartered Accountancy firm and completing his professional qualifications.