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.

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