Palepa will be the first in her family to go to university which is a reflection of her determination to succeed. As a Church Pastor's only daughter out of eight children, she realises she has the opportunity to be a role model but study at University has often felt a long reach off.
At school Palepa works hard to maintain academic grades. She placed 1st in Yr 11 Maori and has received awards for diligence. From her Scholarship Partner's perspective, 'Pelepa is a driven and determined young Pacific woman who strives to achieve well in all aspects of life. She is very involved in groups that help people - both through the activities of her church as well as at school where she is a committee member for Saint Vinnies.'
Palepa hopes to study Nursing at The University of Auckland. This young Pacific woman is passionate about choosing a profession that assists the community.