Established in 2008, the A+ Trust Health Workforce Scholarship Programme enables well deserving students enter a degree programme in their chosen health field. Each scholarship is valued around $12,000 and the A+ Trust has supported 39 students to fulfil their dreams.
Proving scholarships and support for the training and development of health care professionals is a key priority for the A+ Trust.
Every year seven high achieving secondary school students from selected schools in the Auckland DHB area as well as two staff members receive a workforce scholarship. The secondary school students are selected by the First Foundation, a not-for-profit educational charitable trust that administers the scholarships on behalf of the trust.
Here are some stories from Erike Ng and Renee Rowlands who completed nursing qualifications and are recipients of an A+ Trust Health Workforce Scholarship for secondary school students.
“The A+ Trust Health Scholarship was the extra hand I needed to help me pursue my University studies. They’ve provided a great support network in addition to work experience, and most importantly, financial support, which has all helped me in getting to my final year of Nursing studies.
The work experience, where I’ve worked with amazing teams of people, reflects the nurturing support environment the A+ Trust and ADHB has put me in. This has helped me deepen my interest in the nursing field but also has allowed me to understand the role of the vast range of professions within the health-care field.
I’m really thankful that I have been given this opportunity to be looked after by the Trust and ADHB. I really don’t think I could be where I am today without everything they have done for me.”
Erike Ng A+ Trust Scholarship recipient and graduate nurse.
“As a recipient of an A+ Trust Scholarship, I have been fortunate to gain not only financial but holistic support from the staff and volunteers involved within this programme. To all the hardworking Health Care Assistants who taught me to put love and care into everything I do – Nga mihi.
Support through my senior years in high school, degree, new graduate year and up until now is something I have never ever come across before. The amount of aroha I have received from A+ Trust and the First Foundation, does not exist elsewhere and this is what holds the rust far above any sort of scholarship by far. I hold an abundance of gratitude for the trust for the work they do and can only truly be grateful to have received this taonga – Nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa.
My nursing new graduate position in general medicine became a catalyst to allow me to pursue my dream to help others. I find that my wish I wrote to A+ Trust and First Foundation eight years ago has come full circle as I embark on my passion to empower rangatahi as a Well-Being Nurse in my hometown.
I feel I have gained enough in my kete to share, support and nurture our upcoming generation and look forward to learning more skills as I continue to grow as a health professional. My goal is to cultivate young people and inspire them to dream big and pursue their passions to make our world a better place.”
Renee Rowlands A+ Trust Scholarship recipient and graduate nurse.