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Nadia Liebert

Kaitaia’s Nadia Liebert won’t have a huge debt after completing her Bachelor of Business in Finance and International Business, thanks to her AUT Woolf-Fisher First-in-Family scholarship. “I cried on the phone when I got the call confirming I’d received it! This has absolutely changed my time at university and I could graduate without a student loan.”

Taylah Sykes-Martin

Sport is Taylah’s passion, and while completing her Bachelor of Sport and Recreation in Management she was awarded a scholarship for a New York-based internship with Kiwi-American executive and entrepreneur Sarah Robb O’Hagan. “I’m very excited to develop new skills and new insights into sport management through this internship.”

Sarah Bowyer

Bachelor of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Criminology graduate Sarah Bowyer came to AUT to challenge and share her beliefs about crime, punishment and rehabilitation. Now a Court Registry Officer, she says: “The Woolf Fisher Trust paid for my course fees for three years and Kea supported me with a mentor from the New Zealand Police.”

Alannah Wesche

Alannah’s scholarship to study nursing at AUT opened many doors, she says. It freed her up financially, but also unearthed a network of fellow scholars who have supported the charity she set up, GEE Nepal, which empowers girls through education. “I’ve been overwhelmed by the support from AUT. Their generosity has made a huge difference.”

Irra Lee

Journalism student Irra Lee says her scholarship has taken the pressure off in her communication studies degree, allowing her to avoid a big loan and thus focus on other things. A local body politics enthusiast, Irra volunteers for her local youth council. “I like to tell stories about youth doing amazing things.”

Joshua Pereira

When talented tennis player Joshua Pereira suffered an injury, the former NZ rep for the sport decided to focus on his education. With a scholarship to study a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation, he feels his hard work was worth it and is excited about the leadership contribution he plans to make in sport. “It’s paid off for something in the end – something cool.”

Kinanti Desyanandini

A Bachelor of Design graduate, Kinanti had already designed and developed her own app before leaving AUT and was thrilled to get the chance to study abroad during her degree. “The biggest thing my scholarship allowed me to do was to save up to study in Germany in my second year, at the International School of Design in Köln – they are pioneers in service design.”

Ruth Stowers

Bachelor of Laws student and arts lover Ruth Stowers represented AUT as a delegate to the 9th University Scholars’ Leaders Symposium with Humanitarian Affairs Asia in Thailand. “I definitely wouldn’t be where I am, and with the sense of purpose I have today, without this scholarship.”

Samuel Verlinden

“By my second birthday I was singing happy birthday to myself louder than anyone else,” says talented musician Sam Verlinden. He graduated with a Bachelor of Communication Studies majoring in radio. “My scholarship has alleviated a lot of pressure, and it’s a huge honour to be able to represent AUT and immerse myself in the Scholars’ Society.”

Shae Parsons-Wanoa

Entering her final year of her conjoint business and communication studies degree, Shae reflected on the value of her scholarship. “Apart from the obvious - removing the hardship - it’s also inspired me to work hard at university and connect with likeminded people. I’ve been lucky to have lots of opportunities during my time at AUT.”

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Manaakitanga: 2022 Report to Donors

Donations report

Our 2022 report includes financial highlights and stories about some of AUT’s generosity-enabled initiatives.

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