The NZ Hi-Tech Foundation is excited to introduce the six winners of its first He Whetū Mārama Ngā Karahipi Leading Light Scholarship.
The scholarship is the foundation’s first deliverable since launching in 2020 with a mission of reducing barriers and inequities within the tech sector.
In line with this mission, the foundation distributed a total of $30,000 in financial assistance to support its six incredible scholarship recipient’s journeys into tech.
Here are their stories:
Vaifoa Lam Sam
Vaifoa is 18 years old and has entered study this year to pursue a career in tech with a dream of one day working in the gaming, animation and design industries.
Ramari is a Software and Web Development student who has returned to study after a 20 year professional career, and is now upskilling to fulfil her dream of being a developer and growing the tech sector in Northland.
Jasmine is a Software and Web Development student who has recently pivoted from her career in construction to now chasing her dream of one day working in tech in the cyber security space.
Jonson is a passionate learner now studying a Bachelor of Creative Technologies at AUT with a dream of one day working in the gaming industry.
Huni is a recent graduate of a Bachelor of Information Science and is passionate about growing representation of Pacific people in tech.
Alfred Palapoa Pama
Alfred is a talented aspiring engineer and committed member of his local church, currently into his second year at the University of Auckland studying a conjoint degree in a Bachelor of Engineering and a Bachelor of Commerce.
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