Scholarships 2020 – Congratulations to our awesome students and big thanks to our sponsors!

Another awesome group of students were awarded their Whitireia Foundation scholarships for 2020. In other years, our scholarship recipients would be surrounded by proud whānau at a very special Awards ceremony, where they would meet their sponsors.

2020 was different. Awards night was set to take place the week New Zealand went into Alert Level 4 lockdown.  It is a tribute to our recipients for 2020 that they stayed the course through some seriously challenging times. New priorities and challenges once New Zealand moved to stem the community spread of Covid-19, has meant a couple of students pick up their scholarships in 2021 or will defer study until later. To all of our recipients, winning a scholarship is a significant achievement – we’re proud of you!

Who are our recipients in 2020?

Alpha NZ Ltd Scholarship

Olivia Columb Bachelor of Nursing (Year 1)

Britton Housemovers Scholarship

Stuart Hallam NZ Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Theory) Level 3

Compass Health Scholarship

Jessie Renata Bachelor of Nursing (Maori) Year 2

Shrishma Singh Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific) Year 2

Wiki Rogers Bachelor of Nursing (Maori) Year 3

Frances Maleta Lealofi Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific) Year 3

Controlled Building Services Scholarship

Agilau Gaualofa NZ Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry) Level 3

EFTPOS Vending Scholarship

Debbie Keating Bachelor of Social Work (Year 1)

Elite Services Scholarship

Melanie McCarthy Bachelor of Nursing (Year 3)

Ford Sumner Lawyers Scholarship

Lyana Ross Bachelor of Social Work (Year 2)

Foster + Melville Architects Scholarship

Macarena Fernanda Tiezzi NZ Diploma in Dance (Year 2)

Gee & Hickton Funeral Directors Scholarship

Delilah Amituanai Sevesi Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific) Year 3

Graduate Women Wellington

Savelina vika Feaomoengalu Tautua’a Bachelor of Information Technology (Year 3)

Kirk-Burnnand Family Scholarship

Precious Williams-Judkins Bachelor of Social Work – 2021

Tu Kauae Taufiti-Moses NZ Diploma in Performing Arts (Maori & Pacific Dance) – 2021

Nikau Foundation

Mozhgan Sharifi NZ Certificate in Business Administration (Level 3)

Summer Neho Diploma in Enrolled Nursing 

Kate Stewart Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) Year 2

Lucas Zaner Bachelor of Creativity (Music) Year 2

Tiara Gillespie-Peniata Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific) Year 1

Ja Hta Pan N-Hkum Bachelor of Nursing (Year 1)

Porirua City Council Scholarship

La Mu Hla Bachelor of Social Work (Year 4)

Red Wolf Security Scholarship

Liqing (Cathy) Chen Bachelor of Information Technology (Year 1)

Whitireia Foundation/Ngati Toa Scholarship

Ailish Kelly Bachelor of Nursing (Maori) Year 3

Whitireia Foundation Scholarship

Philisita Mii-Ana Tangatataia Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific) Year 2

Patolo Patelesio Bachelor of Information Technology (Year 3)

Oliver Smyth NZ Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)

William Campbell Memorial Scholarship


The Whitireia Foundation would like to acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors:

Alpha NZ Ltd

Britton Housemovers Ltd Gee & Hickton Funeral Directors

Campbell Family Graduate Women Wellington

Compass Health Kirk Burnnand Family

EFTPOS Vending Nikau Foundation

Elite Services Porirua City Council

Ford Sumner Lawyers Red Wolf Security Ltd

Foster + Melville Architects

Below are pics from earlier Scholarship Awards Ceremonies.

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