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FDN Announces 2017 Scholarship Recipients

Mar 28, 2017   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Future Direction Network,

Today with great pleasure we announce our 2017 FDN Scholarship Recipients:

  • Kelly Huang (Canley Vale High); and
  • Jimmy Vo (Macquarie Fields High).

Chairman Ninus Kanna noted that “the high quality of applicants made for an exhaustive and difficult selection process. However, the selection committee found that Kelly and Jimmy, through commitment to career and community despite challenging circumstance, reflected the message we want to bring to high school students in South-West Sydney.”

This year marks the fifth year of the FDN Scholarship Programme and we are very proud to announce that we have committed $216,000 in scholarship payments to 12 students.

“On behalf of the board, the scholarship recipients and their mentors, I would like to personally thank everyone who has supported FDN and continues to support FDN”, Founder and Executive Director Corey Payne stated.

About the 2017 recipients:

Kelly Huang

Kelly has been accepted into a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies at UTS and will be the first member of her family to attend university.

Kelly currently lives in Carramar and completed her HSC last year at Canley Heights High and performed strongly across all subjects. She describes herself as a “hardworking individual” who strives to put in her best at everything she does. During her high school years Kelly demonstrated a strong sense of civic service volunteering for the Cancer Council, the Leukaemia Foundation and The Salvation Army.

Kelly aspires to work in Human Services across Government and Non-Government Organisations to help those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

 

Jimmy Vo

Jimmy has been accepted into Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education: Mathematics) and a Bachelor of Science at the University of Sydney.

He completed his HSC at Macquarie Fields High and resides in Warwick Farm with his mother and younger brother. He will be the first member of his family to attend university.

Jimmy has been an active member of his local community for many years as a member of the Sydney Yun Yee Lion Dancing Association which raises awareness for his community and culture.

Jimmy aspires to become a mathematics teacher and help students understand the power of their minds. He credits his success in his HSC to applying a ‘growth-mindset’ as opposed to a ‘fixed-mindset’, which allowed him to overcome any doubtful thoughts.

2017 FDN Scholarship Applications Now Open!

Sep 1, 2016   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

The 2017 Future Direction Scholarship program is now open.

The Future Direction Network is offering 2 x 3 year scholarships worth $6,000 per annum in 2017. Commenting on the decision to award two scholarships, FDN Chairman Ninus Kanna said lower investment returns resulted in the decision. “As many retirees and savers are painfully aware, the low interest rate environment has resulted in investment returns below our long-run expectations when the fund was set up in 2009″, Ninus said. “To ensure the sustainability of the FDN Scholarship in future years, we’ve had to make the unfortunate decision to give opportunity to two future role models, instead of three.”

The scholarship recipients will also be paired with a mentor to help support, encourage and guide the student through their studies.

The scholarship program will enter its fifth year in 2016 and has to date supported 11 students from South-Western Sydney. The Future Direction Network is proud to support students who are currently undertaking studies in the following disciplines:

  • Health Sciences;
  • Engineering;
  • Fine Arts and Teaching;
  • Psychology;
  • Arts;
  • Architecture; and
  • Business.

Students are encouraged to apply online at fdn.net.au and state their case as to why they should be awarded a 2017 FDN scholarship.

Applicants must live in South West Sydney and have completed their HSC at a high school located in South West Sydney.

Applications close at Midnight Sunday 8th of January 2017 with the recipients being named shortly thereafter.

FDN Announces 2016 Scholarship Recipients

Apr 6, 2016   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

The Future Direction Network is proud to announce that Christina Carol and Deveena Kumar from Fairfield High School are the 2016 FDN Scholarship recipients.

Christina Carol will pursue a Bachelor of Global Studies at the University of Sydney and will be mentored by Ashleigh Wright from Defence Housing Australia.

As part of Christina’s scholarship application, she highlighted the need for international interdependence and cooperation as being essential to sustain the world for future generations. “Being involved in international business will allow me to focus on Australia’s international relationship with other nations and will allow for the production of various jobs both domestically and internationally.”

Deveena Kumar will study a combined Bachelor of Laws / Media at the University of New South Wales and will be mentored by FDN Director Jennifer Slaviero, who has been a member of the FDN mentor program since inception.

In Deveena’s scholarship application, she spoke about her desire to strengthen national relations by keeping the community aware of current issues:

“I enjoy inquiring into contemporary world issues and believe that this course will expand my horizons and be a platform I can use to make a difference in my community and even internationally. I’ve been inspired by my studies in Extension English where my teacher has challenged the set values in our society, my studies have exposed me to new ways of thinking and perceiving the world and those around me”.

FDN Executive Chairman, Ninus Kanna added that “2016 marks the fourth year of the FDN scholarship”.

“FDN has now committed $198,000 in scholarship payments to eleven students. It has been a pleasure announcing scholarship recipients over the past four years and reflects the continuity and sustainability of the FDN Scholarship. I reiterate what I said last year, we are extremely proud of each recipient and feel very privileged to be in a position to assist them in working towards their academic potential at university.”

2016 FDN Scholarship Now Open

Oct 21, 2015   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

The 2016 Future Direction Scholarship program is now open.

The Future Direction Network is again offering 3 x 3 year scholarships worth $6,000 per annum in 2016. The scholarship recipients will also be paired with a mentor to help support, encourage and guide the student through their studies.

The scholarship program will enter its fourth year in 2016 and has to date supported 9 students from Western Sydney. The Future Direction Network is proud to support students who are currently undertaking studies in the following disciplines:

  • Health Sciences;
  • Engineering;
  • Fine Arts and Teaching;
  • Psychology;
  • Arts;
  • Architecture; and
  • Business.

Students are encouraged to apply online at fdn.net.au and state their case as to why they should be awarded a 2016 FDN scholarship.

Applicants must live in South West Sydney and have completed their HSC at a high school located in South West Sydney.

Applications close at Midnight Sunday 11th of January 2016 with the recipients being named shortly thereafter.

FDN Announces 2015 Scholarship Recipients

Mar 13, 2015   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

The Future Direction Network is proud to announce that Catherine Londos from Hurlstone Agriculture High School, Emily Margetts from John Edmonson High School and Rita Au from Mary Mackillop High School are the 2015 FDN Scholarship recipients.

Catherine Londos will pursue a Bachelor of International and Global Studies at the University of Sydney and will be mentored by Uyi Ighodaro from Barclays Australia.

As part of Catherine’s scholarship application, she noted her desire to “work in international relations and build a career in international law”, stating that her career goal “is to become a practicing lawyer, particularly in the area of international criminal and human rights law”.

Emily Margetts will study for a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Education (Secondary) at the University of NSW and will be mentored by former high school teacher Narelle Alvaro, who has been a member of the FDN mentor program since 2013.

In Emily’s scholarship application, she spoke about her desire to help inspire other young people through teaching visual arts:

I aim to become a visual arts teacher as I love visual arts and would really enjoy teaching what I love. I hope to be a great teacher who is not only friendly but also teaches necessary discipline. I would like to inspire students and aid them in achieving their goals. I feel as though helping other people and teaching them would be a very rewarding career”.

Rita Au will study a combined Bachelor of Commerce/Arts at Macquarie University and will be mentored by Woolworths Australia Executive Karen Madden.

Rita stated in her scholarship application her intention to achieve her goal of entering the corporate world through “continuous hard work”.

Rita described herself as being “very driven and passionate”, intent on dedicating her time and commitment to “learning more, listening to others with expertise, seeking advice and to grow as an individual” while she studies at university.

FDN Executive Chairman, Ninus Kanna added that “2015 is a watermark year”.

“By announcing three more scholarship recipients this year, FDN has now committed $162,000 in scholarship payments to nine students. We are extremely proud of each recipient and feel very privileged to be in a position to assist them in working towards their academic potential at university.”

My Time at D-School

Nov 12, 2014   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

By Joseph Babana
2013 FDN Scholarship Recipient

I was recently offered the opportunity to attend the International Design Thinking Week (IDTW) in Berlin, Germany, through the support of the Future Direction Network. Travelling to the IDTW involved attending workshops throughout the week based around finding the answer on ‘how to facilitate organic growth in a start-up’. The workshops were aimed at focussing on a user based approach towards innovation and problem solving, allowing for tailored solutions to be found for challenging and dynamic problems.

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We were put into teams to work on the problem. My team was made up of three IT students at the Hasso-Platter Institut in Berlin. They were Sven, Anna & Tobius. Another team member who was taking part in the IDTW was Yael who was from Israel. Through this experience I have made life-long friends that I regularly keep in touch with.

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During the week, we attended lectures from many important guest speakers. None more so, than head of the D-school (design) at Stanford University, George Kembel, who’s insights were extremely valuable.

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The dschool experience that I was fortunate to be a part of in Berlin has enhanced my way of thinking, dschool made clear to me the need to focus on user needs for whatever product, business or initiative you plan on implementing. In a career sense, as a future civil engineer I see significant value in what I have learnt, working on civil projects require consideration of who will be using it.
This opportunity has also ‘broadened my horizons’ so to speak. Having never stepped foot outside of Australia to travelling half way around the world to Germany and a brief stay in France – I now see a whole new ‘world’ of opportunity.

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I would like to thank FDN for sending me on such a fantastic journey,

2015 FDN Scholarship Now Open!

Oct 2, 2014   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  2 Comments

The Future Direction Network is pleased to announce that applications for the 2015 scholarship are now open.

FDN Chairman Ninus Kanna is hoping the 2015 scholarship will be as exciting as the 2014 process.

“We had a great 2014. With the great successes achieved by 2014 winners Isabelle Babana, Paulo Greaves and Mechelen D’Souza, as well as 2013 winners Lauren Pearce, Joseph Babana and Pita Siganiuscu, we’re excited to offer three more students a scholarship that will undoubtedly help them continue their studies at university and move much closer to their academic potential.”

2013 winner Lauren Pearce tells us how important it is for students to spend ten minutes of their time filling out the application form.

Students living in the western suburbs of Sydney now have a greater incentive to continue their studies post high school and engage in university study.

Future Direction Network is intending to offer 3 x 3 year scholarships worth $6,000 per annum commencing in 2015. The scholarship recipients will also be paired with a mentor to help support, encourage and guide the student through their studies.

Students are encouraged to apply online at fdn.net.au and state their case as to why they should be awarded the 2015 FDN scholarship.

Applicants must live in South West Sydney and have completed their HSC at a high school located in South West Sydney.

Applications close at Midnight Sunday 11th of January 2015 with the recipients being named shortly thereafter.

Governor of NSW Hosts 2014 FDN Scholarship Ceremony

Apr 6, 2014   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

The Future Direction Network (FDN) held its scholarship ceremony at the New South Wales Government House on the 2nd of April 2014. Surrounded by the leafy surrounds of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens, NSW Governor Her Excellency Marie Bashir AC CVO, hosted the scholarship awards ceremony and presented the 2014 FDN scholarship recipients with their awards.

(Left to Right): Anthony LadewigIsabelle Babana, Her Excellency, Marie Bashir AC CVO, Mechelen D’Souza and Paulo Greaves.

This year, FDN have named each scholarship in honour of the benefactor, recognising their generosity.

Mechelen D’Souza was presented with the Revesby Workers Club Scholarship. Mechelen, who has always been interested in the mind and what motivates us as humans, will be commencing a Bachelor of Psychology at the University of Western Sydney, Bankstown campus. Mechelen was encouraged to apply for the FDN Scholarship by a supportive Deputy. “I am so excited to hear the good news and to be given this opportunity by the FDN”, Mechelen said. Mechelen will be mentored by Cheryl McCombie, former high-school teacher with more than 25-years’ experience.

Paulo Greaves has received the AVCAL Scholarship. Paulo, one of four brothers and having a profound interest in the ‘way things work’, will be pursuing a double degree in Engineering and Commerce at the University of New South Wales. Paulo stated, “When Corey and Jennifer came to present at our school, I was inspired by them and the work of the FDN. I wanted to achieve higher goals”. “I am excited to have received this scholarship which will assist me so much through university”, Paulo continued. Paulo owes credit to former teacher and advisor, Ekbal Sayed-Rich who strongly supports the FDN and encouraged her students to apply for the scholarship. Paulo will be mentored by Owen Davis, a young professional in private equity.

Isabelle Babana has received the CHAMP Scholarship. Isabelle will be commencing a Bachelor of Design in Architecture at the University of Technology, Sydney. Isabelle, who has a strong passion for design and drawing, was thrilled to receive the FDN Scholarship. Isabelle discovered the FDN Scholarship through a post on Facebook and after watching the promotional video featuring Lauren Pearce, a 2013 Scholarship winner, decided it would only take 10 minutes to apply. “It is so amazing that I have been awarded this. I never thought I would receive this opportunity”, Isabelle stated. FDN Director, Jennifer Slaviero will take on the role as Isabelle’s mentor.

FDN also presented an award and scholarship to Anthony Ladewig from Fairfield High School for an outstanding scholarship application. FDN Chairman Mr Corey Payne stated in February “Anthony will receive the FDN Directors Award of $500 in support of his outstanding application”. “We wish Anthony all the best in pursuing his Engineering degree at the University of Technology Sydney”, Corey continued.

The event was an intimate gathering of FDN scholarship recipients, mentors and key supporters.  Her Excellency spoke of the value of education for all children as an investment in the future of Australia and the critical role that organisations such as the FDN play in assisting students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

An Executive Director of FDN, Ninus Kanna, said when he addressed the attendees that “the FDN has achieved a lot this year, as a team, are proud to have committed $108,000 to six deserving students, all with a story of their own, to realise their dreams and fulfil their potential”.

The FDN would like to take the opportunity to thank her Excellency, Marie Bashir AC CVO for hosting the event and to all of our supporters over the past year for their support.

Photos from the event can be found on our Facebook page.

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(Left to right): Tania Huynh, Ninus Kanna, Jennifer Slaviero, Anthony Hadley, Corey Payne, Mike Pike, Irene Pediotis and Nicole Kassis

FDN Announces 2014 Scholarship Recipients, New FDN Directors Award

Feb 14, 2014   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Future Direction Network (FDN) is proud to announce three scholarship recipients for its 2014 university scholarships, as well as the introduction of a discretionary FDN Directors Award.  Each recipient will receive a 3-year scholarship worth $6,000 per annum to assist with university related expenses. After a detailed review process of a number of impressive applications, the three winners of the 2014 scholarship are:

  • Isabelle Babana, Good Samaritan College
  • Mechelen D’Souza, Georges River Grammar
  • Paulo Greaves, Fairfield High

Donors to the FDN Scholarship Fund allow for such scholarships to be awarded. This year, FDN have decided to attribute each scholarship to a particular donor in honour of their continued support of the FDN.

Isabelle Babana has received the CHAMP Scholarship. Isabelle will be commencing a Bachelor of Design in Architecture at the University of Technology, Sydney. Isabelle, who has a strong passion for design and drawing, was thrilled to receive the FDN Scholarship. Isabelle discovered the FDN Scholarship through a post on Facebook and after watching the promotional video featuring Lauren Pearce, a 2013 Scholarship winner, decided it would only take 10 minutes to apply. “It is so amazing that I have been awarded this. I never thought I would receive this opportunity”, Isabelle stated. FDN Director, Jennifer Slaviero will take on the role as Isabelle’s mentor.

Mechelen D’Souza has received the Revesby Workers Club Scholarship. Mechelen, who has always been interested in the mind and what motivates us as humans, will be commencing a Bachelor of Psychology at the University of Western Sydney, Bankstown campus. Mechelen was encouraged to apply for the FDN Scholarship by a supportive Deputy. “I am so excited to hear the good news and to be given this opportunity by the FDN”, Mechelen said. Mechelen will be mentored by Cheryl McCombie, former high-school teacher with more than 25-years’ experience.

Paulo Greaves has received the AVCAL Scholarship. Paulo, one of four brothers and having a profound interest in the ‘way things work’, will be pursuing a double degree in Engineering and Commerce at the University of New South Wales. Paulo stated, “When Corey and Jennifer came to present at our school, I was inspired by them and the work of the FDN. I wanted to achieve higher goals”. “I am excited to have received this scholarship which will assist me so much through university”, Paulo continued. Paulo owes credit to former teacher and advisor, Ekbal Sayed-Rich who strongly supports the FDN and encouraged her students to apply for the scholarship. Paulo will be mentored by Owen Davis, a young professional in private equity.

FDN also commends Anthony Ladewig from Fairfield High School for an outstanding scholarship application. FDN Chairman Mr Corey Payne stated “Anthony will receive the FDN Directors Award of $500 in support of his outstanding application”. “We wish Anthony all the best in pursuing his Engineering degree at the University of Technology Sydney”, Corey continued.

Scholars will be invited to attend the 2014 Scholarship Award Ceremony on 2 April 2014. FDN are fortunate that the ceremony will be hosted by Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales at Government House.

FDN would like to take the opportunity to thank all student applicants for participating and their teachers for promoting the FDN.

For future announcements of scholarships and FDN activities, please visit our website or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

2013 FDN Scholarship Recipients Update

Jan 16, 2014   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

This year was huge for the FDN. We were very proud to have awarded three scholarships to the worthy recipients, Lauren Pearce, Joseph Babana and Pita Siganisucu. As part of the scholarship program, we partnered each recipient each with an experienced mentor who kindly volunteered their time to talk to, encourage and share their experiences with the scholarship recipients.

Narelle, Sean and Karen each played an important role in supporting their mentees through their first year of university. Having a mentor means you have someone to turn to, to ask questions, to gain insights; someone to talk to who has been in the exact same position as you.

Having successfully completing the first year, we took the opportunity to catch up with the mentees and their mentors and thought we would share their experiences with you.

Joseph and Sean

Joseph is completing a Bachelor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales.  Joseph was mentored by Barrister-at-Law and former student of St Gregory’s Campbelltown, Sean O’Brien.

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(L-R) Joseph Babana, FDN Director Irene Varelas, Lauren Pearce and Pita Siganisucu (Photo: Melba Studios)

Joseph and Sean chose to meet over coffee and discuss all things university as well as career options and their passion of sport. Joseph was able to gain another perspective from a person who has “been there and done that”. Joseph has learnt many things from Sean and quotes “he has imparted his wisdom and experiences to help me choose the right decisions”.

Sean has equally enjoyed being a mentor to Joseph. Sean feels that Joseph has gained “an insight into the functioning of the wider community and grown in confidence about his ability to participate by contributing his skills, talents and ideas to its positive development”.

Lauren and Karen

Lauren is completing a Bachelor of Arts with majors in English and Australian Literature at the University of Sydney. Lauren was mentored by the Head of Marketing Operations at Woolworths, Karen Madden.

Lauren and Karen used FaceTime, email and telephone to contact each other and tried to catch up whenever possible. They talked about Lauren’s progress at university and how to minimise stress as well as Lauren’s involvement at various events. Karen attended Lauren’s talk at Your Path to Sydney at Revesby and at the Sydney Writer’s Festival in August.

As stated by Lauren, the mentoring program has given her a “lot of confidence” knowing that she could ask Karen questions regarding university. “I took her advice to join a club at university and I became part of the Literary Society. I’ve met some amazing people, and several weeks ago I was elected to their Executive Board. I would not have done this without Karen’s nudge to get involved”.

Narelle and Pita

Pita is completing a Bachelor of Health Science (Sport and Exercise Science) at the University of Western Sydney. Pita was mentored by former high school teacher, Narelle Alvaro. Narelle was a high school teacher in South West Sydney for 32 years and is former student of Ashcroft High in Green Valley.

After meeting in person and talking over the phone, Pita and Narelle communicated mainly by emails. While sport was a common link, Pita would ask Narelle questions about university and he quotes “It allowed another source of encouragement and help” during his first year of university.

Narelle found helping the FDN through the mentoring program a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Narelle is particularly pleased to have been a mentor to Pita, one of the initial Scholarship recipients.

We would like to personally thank the mentors for participating in our mentoring program and hope we have established long-term mentoring partnerships. Lauren, Joseph and Pita performed exceptionally well this year and we congratulate them on their adjustment to university life.

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