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.”

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