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Give talented young Kiwis a brighter future

Many highly capable students are held back by their socio-economic status.
With your help, we can change that.

Give talented young Kiwis a brighter future

Many highly-capable students are held back by their socioeconomic status. With your help, we can change that.

What’s happening now

RECENT EVENT

First Foundation Mentoring event hosted by alumna Brad Olsen, Scholarship Partner Jo Kelly and TV presenter Indira Stewart live streamed across New Zealand

Online platform helps scholars learn new skills

Our scholars are gaining new skills through an online learning platform that’s becoming a key part of the First Foundation programme.

What’s happening now

RECENT EVENT

First Foundation Mentoring event hosted by alumna Brad Olsen, Scholarship Partner Jo Kelly and TV presenter Indira Stewart live streamed across New Zealand

Online platform helps scholars learn new skills

Our scholars are gaining new skills through an online learning platform that’s becoming a key part of the First Foundation programme.

Every young Kiwi should have the
same chance to succeed

With your help, First Foundation supports bright young Kiwis whose
circumstances make it harder to attend university – giving them
financial assistance, paid work experience
and a dedicated mentor.

Our four-year programme helps these talented New Zealanders navigate from school, through higher education and into a meaningful career. This dramatically improves each student’s opportunities in life, giving them the support and professional networks many of us take for granted.

Financial help

Each student is sponsored by an
organisation, called a scholarship
partner, who provides $12,000 over three
years towards university costs.

Mentoring

We match students with a dedicated
mentor, who helps them overcome
challenges and transition from school
to university, and into the
professional world.

Work experience

Scholars get at least four weeks of paid
work experience each year, growing
their skills and professional networks
while supporting them financially.

Every young Kiwi should have the same chance to succeed

With your help, First Foundation supports bright young Kiwis whose circumstances make it harder to attend university – giving them financial assistance, paid work experience and a dedicated mentor.

Our four-year programme helps these talented New Zealanders navigate from school, through higher education and into a meaningful career. This dramatically improves each student’s opportunities in life, giving them the support and professional networks many of us take for granted.
Financial help

Each student is sponsored by an organisation, called a scholarship partner, who provides $12,000 over three years towards university costs.

Mentoring

We match students with a dedicated mentor, who helps them overcome challenges and transition from school to university, and into the professional world.

Work experience

Scholars get at least four weeks of paid work experience each year, growing their skills and professional networks while supporting them financially.

Exponential impact

Your support doesn’t only help students – it has powerful and
lasting benefits for their whānau and community.

Young people in our programme are often first in their family to attend university, and become a positive influence on their whānau and communities for generations to come. Many use their improved finances to help support their parents, siblings or wider whānau, creating a ripple effect throughout all their lives.

Exponential impact

Your support doesn’t only help students – it has powerful and lasting benefits for their whānau and community.

Young people in our programme are often first in their family to attend university, and become a positive influence on their whānau and communities for generations to come. Many use their improved finances to help support their parents, siblings or wider whānau, creating a ripple effect throughout all their lives.
“My whānau is forever changed”

I’m in a financially stable position and have
enabled my mum to retire early. I support
her, which has taken the burden off my
siblings who have families of their own. We
are on track to buy our first family home.”

MARTIN LA’A, 2005 SPARK SCHOLAR

“My whānau is forever changed”

I’m in a financially stable position and have enabled my mum to retire early. I support her, which has taken the burden off my siblings who have families of their own. We are on track to buy our first family home.”

MARTIN LA’A, 2005 SPARK SCHOLAR

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What would you like to do?

Apply for a scholarship

Thrive at university with financial support, paid work experience and valuable one-on-one mentoring.

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Give financial support

Provide vital support to deserving young Kiwis and help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

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Offer work experience

Grow a capable student’s skills, opportunities and professional networks with paid work experience.

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Mentor a student

Become a mentor to help a talented student from a disadvantaged background reach their potential.

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Meet our alumni

Our alumni are trailblazers who make the most of every opportunity. Read their inspiring stories.

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What would you like to do?

Apply for a scholarship

Thrive at university with financial support, paid work experience and valuable one-on-one mentoring.

LEARN MORE

Give financial support

Provide vital support to deserving young Kiwis and help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

LEARN MORE

Offer work experience

Grow a capable student’s skills, opportunities and professional networks with paid work experience.

LEARN MORE

Mentor a student

Become a mentor to help a talented student from a disadvantaged background reach their potential.

LEARN MORE

Meet our alumni

Our alumni are trailblazers who make the most of every opportunity. Read their inspiring stories.

LEARN MORE

Help level the playing field for talented young Kiwis with few financial resources.