Foundation students awarded Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Arts Youth Arts scholarships

Dean Purcell & Mafi Tausala, Digital Creativity Foundation Students, were both recently awarded Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Arts Youth Arts Scholarships.

Offered by the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board, the Youth Arts scholarship provides assistance to those aged 14-24 undertaking formal study or extending/improving their practice or understanding of the arts. The scholarship aims to foster development, showcase talents, and achieve positive prospects for the young people of Māngere-Ōtāhuhu.

Both Dean and Mafi, Māngere residents, are currently completing our Digital Creativity Foundation course. This one year diploma covers the fundamentals of visual communication, digital and media design, concept art, 3D design, and an introduction to game design. The nature of this course paired with their talents and potential, led to both of them being nominated for the scholarship, and then awarded with it.

Dean Purcell, one of the scholarship awardees, shares his gratitude.

"Being half Samoan, quarter Tongan and quarter European, receiving this scholarship made me feel special, like someone actually cares for us Polynesian South-Siders, and I really want to prove to the world that no matter where you are from and what people say about you, be proud of who you are and where you come from, and that you can achieve your dreams and get to where you want to go in life with the right ambition."

"This scholarship will help me obtain the art resources I need to support me along the way at Media Design School so that I can accomplish my aspirations in life and for that, I would like to give all the rest of my gratitude to the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board of the Auckland Council for giving the 7 other talented students and I, of the many that applied, this beautiful life changing chance. Thank you, malo 'aupito and fa'afetai tele lava."

After he completes the Digital Creativity Foundation course, Dean is hoping to continue his journey at Media Design School and study the Bachelor of Art & Design.

As well as the awardees of the scholarship being thankful for the difference it will make, lecturers also see the value. Bonnie Kea, Digital Creativity Foundation lecturer, explains further.

"Scholarships are hugely important, not just for the financial relief it can provide, but also the confidence and motivation it offers students. Neither students were receiving financial support at the time they applied for the scholarship, which was impacting their attendance, engagement and emotional well-being. This scholarship helped alleviate some of the stress and worry, which meant both could focus on their learning. It was great to see their reactions to the news of being recipients of the scholarship, the sense of relief and joy from both students, was rewarding to witness."

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