Class of: 2010
School: Taita College
Scholarship Partner: BRANZ
Emma Henderson, the Leadership Coordinator at Taita College cannot recommend Tommy highly enough for the opportunity of a First Foundation Scholarship and believes Tommy deserves the best start in his education and future. Tommy is described as 'a warm, perceptive, mature young man with an infectiously happy persona. His success is tempered by an impressive sense of modesty and he is genuinely supportive of his classmates, taking on challenges with enthusiasm and determination. He is a role model to his peers. ' In 2009 Tommy achieved NCEA Level 1 and is currently completing NCEA Level 2 with a run of straight excellence credits in History.
As well as being academically capable, Tommy enjoyed a number of extracurricular activities. He was a high achiever in Physical Education and played for the School's Badminton and Bowls teams. Outside of school hours he played club softball and was a member of Basement Youth group. Tommy was commended by his teachers for his involvement in raising awareness of social issues in the school. He was a member of the Students Against Drink Driving (SADD) Committee , Vice President of the Amnesty International group and played an instrumental part in support of Daffodil Day.
Tommy is the first in his family to study at tertiary level. He graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2014 and in 2015 gained Graduate Diploma in Resource Management and Industrial Relations.
In February 2016 he started at Tertiary Education Commission