Tana Umaga Awards Scholarships

Former All Black captain and global rugby icon Tana Umaga has presented three South Auckland students with scholarships from the Tana Umaga Foundation (TUF).

The latest recipients from Papakura High School in the Counties Manukau region will receive a total of fifteen thousand dollars over three years to pursue their chosen field.

The primary recipient is eighteen year-old Robert Urquhart, a talented and determined Year 13 student who plans study to become a professional chef.  The young Maori basketball player represents the U19 Counties Manukau team and captains his school side.

Sean Hill is a gifted seventeen year-old Samoan artist who is using his scholarship to become an animator.  Sean won the Te Tuhi Youth Art Award earlier this year and is a dedicated and focused young man.

Ninwa Karimo is a Syrian immigrant who has lived in New Zealand for ten years.  The seventeen year-old is a highly motivated and talented young lady who will use her scholarship towards studying a Bachelor of Science.

“In my role, I am fortunate to be with young talented people every day who have been given the opportunity and pathway to succeed, so for me it is personally very rewarding to be able to assist Robert, Sean and Ninwa, three very clever young people chase their dreams,” said Tana Umaga.

Each of the scholarship recipients will have a mentor to ensure they have the support and encouragement from someone who can relate to their circumstances and understands the commitment required to succeed at a tertiary level.

The Tana Umaga Foundation was set up to reward hard working, talented young people so they are able to follow their dreams without being adversely affected due to their financial situation.  To date seven students have received scholarships from the Tana Umaga Foundation.