Sara Wallizada

Class of: 2012
School: Mt Roskill Grammar School
Scholarship Partner: Fonterra Co-operative Group

Sara has an amazing story of perseverance through hardship and adversity. Within the space of two years Sara and her siblings lost both their Mother and Father to Cancer.

Next to her family, Sara states that education is the next most important thing to her. She is serious and committed to doing well in her studies at high school and beyond. Outside of school, the main leadership role that Sara has played is being a Mother figure to her younger brother and sister who are twins and turned eight in 2012. She also helps to run the household. Sara enjoys Netball, Table Tennis and Badminton. In 2011 she was a Bronze Medallist for her school Language Perfect Championships.

"Through the interview process, Sara demonstrated an incredible sense of perseverance and determination as well as maturity well beyond her years - all of which she has demonstrated in the face of extreme adversity. Sara is an extremely articulate, professional and well rounded young woman and will be an absolute asset to our organisation. Her ability to envisage a future of giving back to communities is extremely humbly and we can learn a lot from her and look forward to supporting her in achieving all that is possible," said Caroline Casey of Fonterra Co-operative Group.

Sara aims to study Pharmacy at The University of Auckland in 2014 and after gaining work experience as a Clinical Pharmacist, to lecture at the same University.