Celebration of Instep’s Dale Carnegie 2022 Scholarship Winners


On Thursday, 7 July, 22 students from schools across the Western Bay of Plenty were excited to receive their graduation certificates for completing the 2022 Acorn Foundation Dale Carnegie Youth Programme. The estate of the late Mary and Roy McGowan funded these scholarships that have been offered since 2010.

Thanks to this wonderful support from Acorn donors Roy and Mary McGowan, nearly 300 local students have been provided a scholarship to attend a youth version of a course that has taught skills for success in the professional and personal lives of millions of people around the world,” says Acorn Foundation CEO, Lori Luke.

Year 13 students from 11 Western Bay of Plenty schools were selected for this programme. This three-day course teaches the Dale Carnegie student participants about the five drivers of success: building greater self-confidence; strengthening people skills; enhancing communication skills; developing leadership skills; and reducing stress and worry. The Acorn Foundation has long partnered with Dale Carnegie BOP Waikato and Priority One’s Instep programme to offer this youth-focussed course which helps young people improve both their self-confidence and personal communication techniques.

Each of the students gave a short speech during the graduation ceremony about what they had learned – an act that many mentioned they would never have had the confidence to do prior to attending the course.

We also heard from a previous participant of the programme, Danielle Welsh, who currently works for Acorn Foundation. “I truly wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the Dale Carnegie course. The confidence, public speaking and interpersonal skills it gave me empowered me to pursue a marketing degree, as well as taking brave steps to begin my career with the Acorn Foundation through interning and now working for them.

One of the scholarship winners, Alea Starr-Smith from Tauranga Girls’ College, told us: “It’s a great opportunity for young people to take part in, and it really helped with my confidence, public speaking and human relations.”

Congratulations to the following scholarship winners:

  • ACG Tauranga: Molly Thompson and Harriet Barber
  • Aquinas College: Caprice Basile and Joshua Pinto
  • Bethlehem College: Breanna West and Manjot Gill
  • Katikati College: Asha Dinnan-Martin
  • Mt. Maunganui College: Tia Lassey and Dani Young
  • Otumoetai College: Ella Drake and Aston Hamilton
  • Papamoa College: Ariella Midwood and Rajvir Garcha
  • Tauranga Boys’ College: Jed Macmillan, Liam Shanahan and Alex Padfield
  • Tauranga Girls’ College: Ella Chapman-Hodge and Alea Starr-Smith
  • Te Puke High School: Emma Howie and Reuben Dwan
  • Te Whare Kura O Mauao: Hikitia Kuka and Toia Jacobs