Sharifeh Safdari

Class of: 2012
School: Otahuhu College
Scholarship Partner: Auckland DHB Charitable Trust

This delightful young woman is an outstanding First Foundation Scholarship recipient. Her gentle yet persevering nature has seen her succeed with an admirable sense of humility. At school she received awards for Physics and Accounting. Having come from Afghanistan, as a refugee and with little English, Sharifeh is especially proud of passing both NCEA Level 1 and 2 with Merit endorsements.

Her Scholarship Partner said the following of Sharifeh, "She is a very motivated student who has shown leadership skills throughout her years at Otahuhu College.  She has been a member of the school health council, a leader in the Kings College exchange programme and is a year 12 maths tutor. Sharifeh also volunteered at Middlemore Hospital as part of the gateway programme and hopes to study pharmacy in the future."

Sharifeh is community-minded and sensitive to others. Her personal qualities combined with her academic abilities and her perseverance will see Sharifeh go a long way yet. She is currently studying for Bachelor of Optometry at The University of Auckland and will complete at the end of 2017.