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Trust has $6000 up for grabs for children in capital’s Eastern Ward

Sep 22nd, 2016 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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Annette King (left) with Paul Franken (81) who wanted to find a way to encourage children to pursue their dreams. Front page image: Drawing by Taishu Yakou-Burton 2011 winner. Images supplied

Students in the Eastern Ward are missing out on a share of $6000 of scholarships by not applying to a local charitable trust.

“The registered charity aims to encourage children to follow their calling into the arts by tertiary scholarships,” says FFFF Trust founder, Paul Franken.

It has been providing scholarships for three students aged between 10-15 who are interested in any of the arts for eight years.

Franken would like to see more children apply but believes some schools are too busy to get their students involved in the process.

The selection panel consists of three nominees from Evans Bay Intermediate School student council and the previous year’s winner, currently Natalie Guldberg who won $3000 for piano.

“It is quite a responsibility for these teenagers to distribute the equivalent value of 20 good pushbikes,” says Franken.

He believes it’s a valuble experience and they gain expertise that will stand them in good stead in their own careers.

The panel is currently supported by Ms Stamatoula Boulerous, art specialist at EBIS, who has no voting or decision-making power.

Franken is one of three trustees along with Annette King (MP) and the principal of Evans Bay Intermediate School, currently Ms Lou Bray-Burns.

Past winners’ interests have included circus art, piano, singing, ballet, acting, painting and sculpture with one winner intending to study architecture at tertiary level.

Money they win is invested in a secure account in the individual’s name ready for when payments are required for Teritary study.

Recipients are able to draw on the money sooner with the approval of trustees as some previous winners have done to pay for holiday courses or travel to an audition.

One student has been paid out in full and is now studying in the United States, says Franken.

Entries close September 30 and selection is made before Christmas.

Application forms are available at the Miramar and Kilbirnie Public Libraries or  can be downloaded here.

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