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2019 FDN Scholarship Applications Now Open!

Oct 2, 2018   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

The 2019 Future Direction Scholarship program is now open.

The Future Direction Network is offering 2 x 3 year scholarships worth $6,000 per annum in 2019.

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 seventh year in 2018 and has to date supported 15 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 2019 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 11.59pm (AEDST) Friday 11th of January 2019 with the recipients being named shortly thereafter.

FDN Announces 2018 Scholarship Recipients

Apr 13, 2018   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Future Direction Network,

Today we announce, with great pleasure, our 2018 FDN Scholarship Recipients.

  • Leevi Robson (Ashcroft High School); and
  • Cailyn Loveday (Hurlstone Agricultural High School).

Chairman Ninus Kanna was pleased with the high number and quality of applicants and said that “this made for a longer than expected selection process in 2018. We wanted to make sure that Future Direction Network makes the best choices and with the large amount of quality applications, it took time.”

“The selection committee found that Leevi and Cailyn, through commitment to career and community despite challenging circumstance, best reflect our core message to the students of South-West Sydney”, Ninus said.

This year marks the sixth year of the FDN Scholarship Programme and we are very proud to announce that we have committed $228,000 in scholarship payments to 14 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 2018 recipients:

Leevi Robson

Leevi has been accepted into a Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) at the University of Sydney and will be the first member of his family to attend university.

Leevi lives in Ashcroft and completed his HSC at Ashcroft High last year. His main interests lay with the sciences and is seen as a earnest self-learner, completing a Rubik’s Cube in under 40 seconds at the age of 9 and teaching himself piano and guitar at 14 and 15 respectively. In his spare time, Leevi enjoys philosophising the nature of the universe and learning from YouTube. He currently lives with his mother, step-father and little brother.

Leevi plans to work along the boundaries of science and medicine. “Whether in practice or research, I desire to make a contribution to our current body of knowledge as human beings and benefit the greater society in one way or another”, he said.

To achieve his goals, Leevi wishes to study further and is considering graduate medicine or research, or even completing a PhD in a few specialised biological fields.

Cailyn Loveday

Cailyn is completing a Bachelor of Secondary Education (Health and Human Movement) at the University of Sydney.

Sport is a major part of her life, focusing on football refereeing with the aim of becoming a W-league assistant referee.

After university, Cailyn aspires to be a “well-rounded and knowledgeable PDHPE teacher and work within the government school system”.

“I also wish to pursue a professional career as a football referee. These goals work together to allow me to travel and gain knowledge of sport situations and restrictions, such as gender inequity and discrimination, in order to educate myself and my students”, Cailyn said.

In regards to the scholarship, Cailyn believes that the scholarship will be fundamental to her ability to make the most of her time at university.

“Through the scholarship I wish to thrive in my educational studies by completing not only my degree at the University of Sydney but also become actively involved in social clubs and professional development abroad. This will allow not only me but my future students to gain from the experiences I have during my university tuition.”

2018 FDN Scholarship Applications Now Open!

Sep 18, 2017   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

The 2018 Future Direction Scholarship program is now open.

The Future Direction Network is offering 2 x 3 year scholarships worth $6,000 per annum in 2018.

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 sixth year in 2017 and has to date supported 13 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 2018 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 11.59pm (AEDST) Friday 12th of January 2018 with the recipients being named shortly thereafter.

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.

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