Samyah Powell

Class of: 2017
School: Auckland Girls' Grammar School
Scholarship Partner: Steel & Tube Holdings Limited

You wouldn’t think a qualified accountant and a world traveled hip-hop dance champion as being a natural mix, but that’s what Samyah intends to be. With a well-established dance career that has seen her travel the world and attend the World Hip-Hop Champs nine times, including appearing in a Justin Bieber music video, Samyah has never lost sight of her academic goals.

With great achievement comes great sacrifice - at the age of 13, Samyah moved from her home in Whangarei to board in Auckland to attend Auckland Girls' Grammar School and be able to make dance rehearsals. With no less than four house moves in that time, she’s had a huge amount of life experience in a few short years.

Samyah will be the first in her family to attend university. Her iwi are from Ngapuhi and Ngai Tahu.