Class of: 2006
School: Birkenhead College
Scholarship Partner: Foodstuffs North Island Ltd
This remarkable young woman arrived in New Zealand as a TAMPA refugee from Afghanistan. Zainab's Yr 13 Dean spoke highly of her successes at high school saying "Zainab is an outstanding young person worthy of our respect. She has made enormous progress at the College, seizing every opportunity and impacting positively on the College community." Despite having very little knowledge of English when she arrived Zainab won awards and prizes for her academic efforts and extra-curricular involvement every year at the College.
Through work experience at the Birkenhead New World store Zainab has built rapport with her colleagues and developed her people skills. Mark Dunlop the Training and Development Manager at Foodstuffs said that when interviewing Zainab for this First Foundation Scholarship, they greatly admired her achievements in the face of adversity.
Now studying at AUT Zainab is working towards completing a Bachelor of Computer and Information Science.