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Nicole Lundon - Scholarship Recipient

18 July 2014

Nicole Lundson, who attend St Catherine's College received a Catholic Foundation scholarship in 2008. She attends Otago University and has completed five years of her Medical degree.

In 2014 she has taken a gap year out of her studies to work in Youth Ministry in the Wellington East Pastoral Area. This decision to work with the youth of this area stemmed from her passion to see the youth of the Catholic Church involved and participating as the Church of today, not the Church of tomorrow.

Nicole will return to complete the final year of her studies in 2015 and from there will pursue a career as a doctor, prehaps with a focus in youth and young people's health. She is grateful to the Foundation for the assistance it gave her with her tertiary costs as with this support she was able to purchase a laptop for her studies in Dunedin.


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Georgina Blane - Scholarship Recipient

18 July 2014

This year has been my first at the University of Canterbury, studying engineering. I have done generic physics and mathematics courses as well as introductory courses into engineering. At the end of the year my GPA (Grade Point Average) is a 5.3, which is about a B average. This has been enough to gain me preferential entry into any specialisation of engineering. Next year, I will study mechanical engineering.

This year, I have stayed at College House. It has been very beneficial to my studies as a lot of like-minded people also live there. I made it back into College House for a second year as a 'Room 16'. This position requires me to look out for the wellbeing of other House members, as well as organise house events.

I am very grateful for the scholarship the Catholic Foundation provided me. It made my first year at university financially possible.


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Scared Heart Cathedral Parish Music Facilities and Choir

18 July 2014

In recognition of the commitment of the Parish to music and the achievement of choir excellence for the Archdiocese as a whole, the Foundation demonstrated their support and value by granting $12,500 for the replacement of cameras and monitoring equipment.





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Wellington Night Shelter (WNS)

18 July 2014

"We are very much appreciative of the Foundation's support to the Wellington Night Shelter for providing funds for mattress protectors. We see approximately 20 new clients each month seeking emergency accommodation and assistance, many of them have high rates of co-morbid conditions (phyical as well as mental health issues) and have been rough sleeping on the streets of Wellington prior to entry to our service.

Some can present with a range of phyical ailments such as incontinece, which puts a strain on our bedding such as mattresses. Having good quality protectors provided for the matteresses will increase the quality of service and stay we can offer to those accessing our service and thus enhance the dignity of those who have to come here for emergency help on a daily basis." Mike Leon, Night Shelter Manager


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Fr John Berry retires from Foundation Board

14 December 2013

At their meeting held on 21 November 2013, the Catholic Foundation Board received with regret, Fr John Berry’s resignation from the Board.

Fr Berry joined the Foundation’s Board in August of 2002, initially in the Fellow category and retired from it in October of 2013.

Over the 11 year of service as a member of the Foundation’s Board Fr Berry always showed a strong commitment and passion for the work of the Foundation and the difference it is able to make and his knowledge in such areas as grant applications and scholarships was very valuable.

Fr Berry is now in retirement, we thank him for his service and wish him a long, happy and blessed retirement.


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Grant Application dates 2014

14 December 2013

Applications for grants are considered at Foundation board meetings which, for 2014, are:

  • Thursday 24 April,
  • Thursday 17 July
  • Thursday 16 October

Applications should be received by the Secretary 10 days prior to Board Meetings.


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Scholarship Applications 2014

14 December 2013

2014 applications open on 11 August and are to be received by the Catholic Foundation by Tuesday 16 September. Interviews of short-listed applicants will take place on 15 and 16 October at the Catholic Centre in Wellington.

The announcement of winners will be made in December and the Scholarships awarded at College Prize giving events or Parish Masses as appropriate.