Following Haydn Staples' announcement at Urban Partners launch function for their new brand, the Staples Education Foundation has been established and 8 lucky students are now enjoying the benefit of a Staples Education Scholarship.
Dilworth has been educating boys of straitened circumstances for over a hundred years. Entrepreneur, philanthropist and co founder of Urban Partners, Haydn Staples’s affinity for Dilworth’s approach has led him to provide additional support for the students from ‘beyond the green gates’ of Dilworth.
“I was made aware of an opportunity to complement the outstanding education that Dilworth gives its students by facilitating their tertiary education once they leave the supportive environment of Dilworth. Students needed a helping hand through the rigours of the outside world to make the best of their Dilworth education. The gap that the Staples Education Foundation (SEF) fills is as a specialist organisation dedicated solely to enabling high achieving Dilworth student graduates to get a tertiary education, a job and to give back to Dilworth.
The SEF currently funds eight students, four are funded for fees, halls of residence, a buddy (to help and to facilitate choices at University) and a mentor for the duration of their course. An additional four students are provided with buddies and mentors. We plan to grant eight similar Scholarships each year so that within three years we will have twenty four Scholarship winners plus their buddies and mentors for the duration of their degrees, approximately fifty people in all to engage with for the students benefit.
It is a privilege to give a hand to deserving young students. The feedback from participants in the SEF for this our pilot year has been outstanding and I am committed to ensuring the SEF is set up to endure and stand the test of time.”
Liam Jacobson is one of the 8 fortunate Scholarship students. His father's personal and business commitments meant that he had to emigrate to Denmark when Liam was very young and although Liam and his father are very close, Liam has had to endure the challenges of a long distance relationship.
Liam is one of ‘the survivors’ an affectionate, in house term for those boys who are at Dilworth from years 5 to 13, almost all of their school life. Liam’s innate resilience and tenacity saw him throw himself into all that Dilworth had to offer, the sports, the arts, together with an outstanding academic education, and, he ‘excelled’ in everything. Liam leaves Dilworth with a Proxime Accessit Runner up to Dux, Full Colours in Music, Drama, Theatre Sports, Hockey and Squash together with the Michael Moore Trophy for ‘Significant involvement in Arts outside of School’, the Drummond Cup for ‘Services to Drama’ and Distinction in the Trinity College Grade 8 Musical Theatre. An extraordinary achievement from an extraordinary young man.
Energetic, enthusiastic and charismatic with an engaging sense of humour, Liam is a pleasure to meet; he is one of life’s unique and exceptional people. “There are so many things I can see myself doing” In this his first year of study for a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts conjoint degree at The University of Auckland, Liam is studying philosophy and media studies. He sees a future career for himself in business and plans to major in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Haydn and the team at Urban Partners are very happy to acknowledge Liam and the 7 other Scholarship recipients (pictured below) We wish Liam and his fellow students all the best on their journey as part of the Staples Education Foundation family. We look forward to enabling their journey.