21 Nov 2018

With plans to represent New Zealand in America next year, it’s safe to say Variety Gold Heart Scholar Verity Howells is well on her way to stardom.

With a passion for the performing arts, Verity has a busy schedule on her hands, performing whenever she can, whether it be through singing or taking part in theatre shows and musicals.

And this, she says, just wouldn’t have been possible without kind-hearted supporters like you.

“I have grown up without a lot of money behind me. My mum is a single parent and she has other children to support as well, so money is often hard to come by. Being able to receive funding through the Gold Heart Scholarship programme really just makes me aware that there are people out there who want me to succeed,” she says.

“It’s really awesome to find kind-hearted people that are willing to help and support you to reach your dreams,” says Verity.

The Gold Heart Scholarship funding has assisted Verity to attend private vocal lessons along with the cost of travel to and from the lessons, which are some 30 minutes from her home.

As well as working on her very first music album, Verity is off to America in July where she will compete against some of the best in the world at the World Championships of Performing Arts.

Verity will perform in categories such as singing, dancing, acting and modelling.

“It’s really exciting. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for me,” she says.

Applications for the next round of scholarships are set to open in early 2019 and if you know of a talented young New Zealander excelling in sports, arts or education that requires a hand up, be sure to encourage them to apply! Keep an eye on our website at