Class of: 2011
School: Manurewa High School
Scholarship Partner: Hynds Education Fund
Described as "a quiet and polite young person who works diligently and conscientiously," by his Principal at Manurewa, this strong Maori student shows a lot of potential to be a leader in New Zealand business. At school Ryan's strengths are in History, Japanese and Science. In 2010 his efforts were rewarded when he placed 1st in Science at Manurewa High School.
Ryan has developed perseverance, patience, and teamwork skills as foundations to his hard work ethic. He stated in his application to become a First Foundation Scholar that he is willing to "give 110% effort." Ryan's participation in activities in school and outside of school also reveal aspects of his admirable character. In 2011 Ryan was CEO of his team in the S.E.L.L Programme, for which they finished 3rd and won the teamwork award. He has also played for the Manurewa Marlins under 15/16 restricted Rugby League team, put in additional school hours to enter in the MIT Science fair, and spent time visiting elderly at the rest home that his Mother works at. In 2012 Ryan was fortunate enough to attend an Outward Bound course, supported by his Mentor Lance Hutchison.
Ryan totally embraced University Life while he was there. He was elected President of CAPM where he developed a mentor programme for beginning students, Ernst Young "Runner Up" Auckland University 2015 Business Student of the year, Auckland University Business School 2015 Mentor Award and selected to attend a one week Stanford University conference for 42 student Entrepreneurs from across Asia Pacific.
Ryan was also the 2015 First Foundation Trustees Award recipient
Ryan graduated with a degree in Commerce from The University of Auckland in December 2015 and is currently in a grad role at Vodafone.