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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.

FDN chairman Corey Payne speaks at The King’s School

Jan 2, 2014   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

2012 Churchill Fellow and former NRL Bulldogs player Corey Payne spoke to students from The King’s School Parramatta on the 15th November 2013 about the importance of higher education.

Payne shared his experience of growing up in the South-west and attending Westfields Sports High School in Fairfield, before moving to the NRL and playing over 100 games, ending his career as part of the Canterbury Bulldogs minor premiership side. He recognised tertiary education as an important step in building a career after retiring from the NRL.

“I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with a group of dedicated young men,” said Payne.

The students discussed the research Payne undertook as part of his Churchill Fellowship, his career in the NRL, and his work with the Future Direction Network.

Payne also expressed the necessity for balancing academic life with personal passions and interests.

“Hard work, persistence and sacrifice can take you a long way.

“Set the bar high and work hard to reach it — don’t be afraid of failing.”

FDN chairman delivers Churchill findings at Australian Scholarships Foundation end of year networking event

Jan 2, 2014   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

On 10 December 2013, FDN Chairman Corey Payne addressed the Australian Scholarships Foundation at their end of year networking event and presented the findings of the study undertaken as part of his 2012 Churchill Fellowship.

Payne’s research is a result of extensive international travel throughout 2013 afforded to him by the grant and incorporates his passion for improving access to higher education in young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Payne found a link between sport and participation in education. “Global research indicates that sport is an effective tool for helping young people climb out of disadvantage.

“Any approach that leverages sport for social change needs to be connected to a strong business case, a structured approach to behaviour change and a design thinking approach to emphatically understand the target market.

“Sport is the social fabric of Australia and as such we should be using the platform to communicate the important message of further education.”

Amy Lyden, CEO of the Australia Scholarships Foundation expressed her gratitude for Payne’s appearance.

“[Corey’s] passion, energy and commitment to provide greater opportunities for kids from disadvantaged backgrounds came across loud and clear. [His] talk was alarmingly informative (only 3% of high school kids in the areas he works in go on to university!) and inspirational (he shared a new model for positive change).

“His natural, down-to-earth approach drew everyone in, and I believe we left with more hope for the future.”

2014 FDN Scholarship Now Open!

Dec 9, 2013   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

The Future Direction Network is pleased to announce that applications for the 2014 scholarship are now open.

FDN Chairman Corey Payne is hoping the 2014 scholarship will be as exciting as the 2013 inaugural process.

“We had a great 2013. With the great successes achieved by 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.”

This year, we got 2013 winner Lauren Pearce to tell 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 offering 3 x 3 year scholarships worth $6,000 per annum commencing in 2014. 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 2014 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 11th of January 2013 with the recipients being named shortly thereafter.

Click here to apply now!

Prairiewood High Student Bettina Gray Awarded MCI Scholarship

Jun 12, 2013   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

For pdf media release, please click here.

Management Consultancy International (“MCI”), a multi-award winning training organisation, generously donated an annual scholarship covering the nationally recognised Certificate IV in Frontline Management to Future Direction Network (FDN) for the period of 2013-15 inclusive. The scholarship is valued at $3,500 annually which will be offered by MCI to students who attend school in South-West Sydney. After receiving many worthy applications, the FDN Scholarship Committee found the selection process for this scholarship particularly challenging. Nonetheless, FDN is very happy to announce the recipient as Bettina Gray.

A Year 11 student at Prairiewood High School, Bettina is an Indigenous Australian and wishes to join the police force. Her goal is to specialise in detective work, with a particular focus on violence against women and rape victims. She explained a direct and visible link between her personal ambition and the course. “The Cert IV is highly regarded as an entry qualification for the 6 month course at the Police Academy. This course will give me necessary management skills and will develop my leadership qualities which are desired characteristics for the field I wish to work in,” Bettina said.

Ninus Kanna, Executive Director of FDN, felt satisfied with the outcome. “We believe Bettina would make a great role model for South-West Sydney and for Australia as a whole. We wanted to turn the opportunity afforded to us by Management Consultancy International into something valuable to the community. In Bettina’s application, FDN saw the MCI Scholarship as one less hurdle in creating a role model, so we are excited about offering it to her,” Ninus said.

Marketing and eLearning Manager at MCI, Jenna Meyerson, was also excited. “We have a very strong relationship with the NSW Police Force and we conduct a lot of their management, project management and safety training. For Bettina, this is definitely a huge step in a positive direction and we look forward to welcoming her. I truly believe this scholarship is going to a deserving person,” Ms Meyerson said.

For more information about the Certificate IV course, please click here.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard announces $500,000 of assistance to Future Direction Network

May 23, 2013   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments
Prime Minister Julia Gillard with the FDN Board and supporters

Above: Prime Minister Julia Gillard with the FDN Board and supporters

 

Press release in pdf format can be found here.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced $500,000 of assistance by the Federal Government to Future Direction Network, in front of five hundred people at the joint FDN-University of Sydney information evening at the Revesby Workers Club last night. In her speech announcing the funding, the Prime Minister said she “was so blown away” when she first met FDN Chairman Corey Payne and first heard those stories from students like Elaine Yeo and Paulo Greaves from Fairfield High, that “…I knew that I wanted to help and I knew I wanted to see him have the resources to take his vision and his dream even further.”

Dropping in from a community cabinet meeting in nearby Regents Park, the Prime Minister was introduced by Revesby Workers Club President and Federal Member for Banks Daryl Melham. In his speech, Mr Melham on behalf of Revesby Workers Club also announced an $18,000 commitment to FDN. Mr Melham said “…she didn’t hesitate to make herself available to come here tonight. Her commitment to education is second to none, it’s well known.”

In her speech to the audience, the Prime Minister expressed solidarity with the aims of FDN and that of her Government. “A big part of what we’re trying to achieve as a Government is to make it possible for people to be the first in their family to go to university. Why is that so important? It literally changes lives.

“If I can leave one message with you tonight — if you’re thinking about it (university), then please strive to do it. It can seem big; it can seem scary, particularly if there’s no one in your family who can show you the path, who can shine the light for you if you’re going to be the first to go. But having the courage to take those steps is so important, because it will be the foundation for the rest of your life,” Ms Gillard said.

At the event, FDN also held a lucky door prize event, where Jenjira Phanumart won a three-night Comedy family cruise for four from P&O Cruises. Other prizes included an autographed NRL Bulldogs Jersey, a double pass to the State of Origin and NRL Grand Finals, vouchers for Oxygen online clothing shop and University of Sydney hoodies.

FDN Chairman Corey Payne with prize winner Jenjira Phanumart

Above: FDN Chairman Corey Payne with prize winner Jenjira Phanumart

The team at the FDN would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors for providing these prizes – P&O Cruises (Carnival Australia), Oxygen clothing, Dirty Dog eyewear and the University of Sydney, for assisting us in hosting this successful event.  We would also like to give special thanks to the Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Revesby Workers Club for their generous contributions to FDN and her kind words. FDN Chairman Corey Payne and the team at FDN believe that the support of the Federal Government is a huge milestone for FDN and shows an enormous amount of confidence and belief in our work.

More photos can be found on the FDN Facebook Page

Applications for MCI Scholarship Now Open!

May 7, 2013   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

FDN is now accepting applications for the 2013 Management Consultancy International (MCI) Scholarship. The link to the application form can be found below, or can be found by clicking on ‘Scholarships’, followed by ‘Other Scholarships’ from the FDN main page.

Click here to apply for 2013 MCI Scholarship

The winner will receive a scholarship that will cover the nationally recognised Certificate IV in Frontline Management, which will run over six sessions, in three two-day blocks. The scholarship is valued at $3,500, which will be offered by MCI to students who attend school in South Western Sydney.

Applications close at 5pm, 7th June 2013.

A Multi-award winning training organisation, MCI has generously donated an annual scholarship to Future Direction Network for the period of 2013-15 inclusive.

When previously announced, FDN Chairman Corey Payne expressed his sincere gratitude to MCI for their generous support to FDN. “The scholarship offered by MCI will provide a unique opportunity for three students from South West Sydney to attain new skills and knowledge in frontline management”, Mr Payne said. “FDN continues to grow and have an impact on students from South West Sydney and it is thanks to organisations like MCI”, Payne continued.

When asked why MCI chose to support FDN, Marketing Manager Jenna Meyerson responded: “We were so inspired by the amazing work that FDN does with their students and we are honoured to assist them. Their mission ties so closely with our values and it is an amazing way to inspire youth to further their education”.

“Our program is highly practical and will provide students with a strong management toolkit that they can apply to any industry or profession they choose. They will learn key workplace skills including leading teams, safety, innovation, customer service, and presentation skills”, Ms Meyerson continued.

Your Path to Sydney — An Information Evening for Students and Parents

May 2, 2013   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Ever wondered about going to uni?

What can I study? What marks do I need to get in? How do I apply? How much would it cost?

Your path to Sydney Uni is an information evening where you can find all the answers to your questions and hear from current Sydney Uni students, including keynote speaker, FDN Chairman Corey Payne, NSW Young Australian of the Year 2013, Churchill Fellow and ex Canterbury Bulldogs player, about why he chose to study at Sydney.

This year there will be a student panel who will be answering a selection of questions. Ask the panel a short question using USYD’s online form.

WHEN
Wednesday 22 May, 6–8.30pm
Refreshments will be available from 6pm, event begins at 6.45pm

WHERE
Whitlam Room, Revesby Workers’ Club
2B Brett St, Revesby (see map), entrance via Tarro Avenue
You do not need to be a member of Revesby Workers Club to attend this info night

 

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