REGIONAL BURSARIES

Region 5 (Rimanui) RWNZ Norma Evans Education Award)

The RWNZ Region Five (Rimanui) Second Chance Education Award has been created by RWNZ Members to honour an outstanding woman, who spent her life working hard to create healthy, sustainable rural communities, supportive of the people who live within them.  Norma Evans firmly believed that life is an apprenticeship that is ongoing, and that one must fight to meet its challenges and to always grasp learning opportunities. 

This award is designed to encourage women seeking advancement in the workforce to obtain qualifications to improve their career opportunities, independence and career development.  This grant will be awarded to one applicant each year, and women who wish to complete a tertiary study programme to assist in their entry into, or return to, the workforce are invited to apply.  Up to $2000 will be awarded for one year of tertiary study, with consideration given to a second year’s grant of up to $2000, depending on the study undertaken and the grades achieved. Applications close on the 10th of February.

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Eligibility criteria: 


Open to NZ citizens. 
Available for women aged 25 and over who are enrolled in a course of tertiary study
Applicants must live and/or intend to work in the Coromandel, Thames, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne or Central Plateau regions.
Applications close: 10th February

Value: $2000 per year, for up to two years 

Applications must include:

– A letter outlining the reasons you require this financial assistance, the reasons for your course of study (or proposed course of study) and your intended use of the qualification.


– Copies of your previous relevant qualifications, results, or an academic reference.


– A profile outlining past achievements, proposed study programme, educational goals and long term objectives. 


– Two written references including contact details for referees


– Proof of enrolment at the University or Polytechnic where the studies will be undertaken.


– Applicants may be required to attend an interview
 

To apply: 

Please fill in this form and send to: enquiries@ruralwomennz.nz along with any supporting documents. 

Applications can also be posted to: 

Rural Women New Zealand – Attn: Region Five Bursary

Level 5, Technology One House, 86 Victoria Street, Wellington 6011
PO Box 12-021, Thorndon,
Wellington 6144

Korokipo Branch Agricultural and Horticultural Tertiary Bursary

The Korokipo Agricultural and Horticultural bursary was created to encourage residents of Hawke’s Bay to undertake further education or training in land-based courses, either through university or polytechnic institutes.  Bursary recipients will ideally seek employment in the Hawke’s Bay area to ensure that the benefits of their learning can be passed on to the Hawke’s Bay community and its industries. A one-off grant of up to $2,000 will be awarded. Applications close on the 15th of January.

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Eligibility criteria: 


Open to NZ citizens. 

Available for tertiary students who are studying fulltime and who have completed their first year of study

Applicants must live within the district boundaries of Wairoa, Napier, Hastings or Central Hawkes Bay

The course of study should be in the agricultural or horticultural fields, e.g. agriculture, aqua-farming, beekeeping, horticulture, silviculture, veterinary or viticulture

Applicants will be required to attend an interview
 

Applications Close: 15th January 

Value: At the discretion of the Korokipo branch, not exceeding $2000 

The Korokipo Agricultural and Horticultural bursary is to be used to assist with course fees, purchasing textbooks or online resources and other related course costs.

The bursary is for one year only.  Decisions made by the Korokipo branch committee are final and no correspondence will be entered into.   Payment will be made to successful recipients by no later than 1 March.

All information applicant information will be kept confidential. It will only be used for the purpose for which it was collected and not for other purposes.

To apply: 

Please fill in this form and send (along with other supporting documents) to: enquiries@ruralwomennz.nz 

Applications can also be posted to: 

Rural Women New Zealand – Attn: Korokipo Bursary

Level 5, Technology One House, 86 Victoria Street, Wellington 6011
PO Box 12-021, Thorndon,
Wellington 6144

Tararua Provincial Education Grant

The RWNZ Tararua Provincial group education grant is a one-off, one year grant to assist with the purchase of tertiary textbook and resources. Tertiary students who reside in the Tararua or Central Hawkes Bay area are invited to apply. Applications close on the 1st of March. 

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Eligibility criteria: 


Open to NZ citizens. 
Applicants must live in the Tararua or Central Hawkes Bay areas.
Applications close: 1st March

Value: At the discretion of the Tararua Bursary Committee 

Applications must include:

– A letter written by the applicant outlining the course of study, the reasons for requiring financial assistance, and desired vocation at the completion of study.


– A character reference written by someone unrelated to the applicant

– A copy of the most recent grades and qualifications.  If no study has been completed, please provide an outline of life skills acquired.

– A character reference from a responsible officer of a Rural Women New Zealand Branch outlining the circumstances of the family and the need for assistance with the applicant’s education.

– Applications will be considered by the Tararua Provincial RWNZ Committee. 

This grant is to be used for the purchase of textbooks and course resources, including software.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application. The committee’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

To apply:

Please fill in this form and send to: enquiries@ruralwomennz.nz along with any supporting documents. 

Applications can also be posted to: 

Rural Women New Zealand – Attn: Tararua Bursary

Level 5, Technology One House, 86 Victoria Street, Wellington 6011
PO Box 12-021, Thorndon,
Wellington 6144

The Ruby Stokes Grant

The Ruby Stokes Grant is available for students aged 25 and over, and is designed to give people the opportunity to extend their education or training in order to improve their level of skills.  Preference will be given to applicants who reside in smaller centres or rural areas on the West Coast of the South Island. A grant of $500 will be awarded biennially, in odd years. The closing date for applications is the 1st of July.

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Eligibility Criteria:

Open to NZ citizens. 
Any person 25 years of age or over may apply. 
Short- or long-term courses undertaken with a recognised education provider will be considered. 
Open to residents of smaller towns and rural areas on the West Coast of the South Island.
Applicants will need to indicate the benefit of their study to the wider community as well as to their own personal development

Applications Close: 1st July. 

Value: $500, awarded biennially (odd years)

Applications will be considered by the Rural Women New Zealand Bursary Committee, which is appointed by the National Board of Rural Women New Zealand.  Applications will be acknowledged by the National Office upon receipt.  Applications will be treated as confidential and are subject to the provisions of the Privacy Act.

Applicants will be notified of the Bursary Committee’s decision which will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.  The Committee reserves the right to check with successful applicants on the outcome of their studies.

To apply:

Please fill in this form and send to: enquiries@ruralwomennz.nz along with any supporting documents. 

Applications can also be posted to: 

Rural Women New Zealand – Attn: Bursary Convenor

Level 5, Technology One House, 86 Victoria Street, Wellington 6011
PO Box 12-021, Thorndon,
Wellington 6144

North Taranaki Provincial Holiday Cottage Investment Fund

The North Taranaki Provincial Holiday Cottage Investment Fund assists in the education, health, and welfare of women and families in North Taranaki. Priority is given to members of Rural Women New Zealand and their families. The amount awarded varies on a case-by-case basis, and applications are reviewed by a committee from the North Taranaki Provincial group.  Applicants can apply more than once, for example, over a three-year course. This fund is ongoing, and applications are accepted all year round.

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Eligibility Criteria:

Priority is given to members of RWNZ and their families; located in North Taranaki.
Applications close: ongoing fund. 

Value: At the discretion of the North Taranaki Provincial committee 

Applications should include details of the applicant’s financial situation and their degree of need for funding assistance.  The North Taranaki Provincial committee reserves the right to decline any application.  Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision as soon as possible.

To apply:

Please fill in this form and send (along with other supporting documents) to: enquiries@ruralwomennz.nz 

Applications can also be posted to: 

Rural Women New Zealand – Attn: North Taranaki Bursary

Level 5, Technology One House, 86 Victoria Street, Wellington 6011
PO Box 12-021, Thorndon,
Wellington 6144