Education is pivotal to changing the future for refugees, and yet even the most motivated can be thwarted by circumstances. This scholarship not only offers practical support to students who have themselves or whose parents/primary guardian(s) have been granted refuge in New Zealand; it demonstrates that our community welcomes them and wants them to succeed.
Rez Gardi is one such student for whom scholarship support has made an immeasurable difference to her studies in Law and Arts. Rez was born in a refugee camp in Pakistan and moved to New Zealand when she was six years old.
You have made it possible to purchase essential textbooks and take advantage of every opportunity the University of Auckland offers. From participating in sports and cultural clubs, to going on an international exchange to Indiana and becoming the first New Zealander to be invited to be a Human Rights intern for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme in Nairobi, Kenya — you helped me do it all.
Thank you for opening your heart and for giving me the chance to realise my potential. I will always be grateful to every single person who has dedicated time, support and funding to help me achieve my dreams.