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