SCHOLARSHIPS

Tertiary Study Scholarships

Scholarships Awarded

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The Catholic Foundation grants six tertiary scholarships annually.

Previously the aim of the scholarships has been to assist students in their first year of tertiary study. However the Foundation announced at the end of 2014 that the winners of scholarships could be eligible for $9000 funding over three years. The new terms and conditions and timetable are outlined in the scholarship conditions.

The new application timetable will also be announced at the same time.

Applications:
Tertiary Study Scholarship conditions PDF
Tertiary Study Scholarship Application Form PDF

Refugee Scholarships

The Catholic Foundation grants a further two scholarships each year to students who are sons or daughters of refugees to New Zealand. These scholarships are in memory of two refugees who came to this country – Halina Fladrzynska-Morrow was a Polish child refugee who came to New Zealand from Nazi occupied Poland in 1944 and Joseph Francis Kish who left Hungary and settled in New Zealand in the early 1950s. Both of these people left bequests to the Foundation. We thank them and acknowledge their generosity.

The same conditions apply as for the other six Scholarships explained above.

Applications:
Refugee Scholarship conditions PDF
Refugee Scholarship Application Form PDF

FEEDBACK from Clare Sullivan
(St Catherine’s recipient).

Thank you very much for approving a second year of the Catholic Foundation Tertiary Study Scholarship. This certainly assists in easing the financial burden and so I am deeply grateful.

I am now undertaking study for a Bachelor of Arts and Science majoring in Physiology and History, which leaves the door open for possibly reapplying for Medicine at the end of the degree, or for Teachers College to teach Biology, History, Social Studies and RE. I return to Dunedin next week and am looking forward to the year. However, I had a lovely summer holiday at home, and also managed to save more for my studies with a great deal of busking. It has been lovely to be back in the Parish again and catching up with everyone at St Patrick’s church, and to feel so welcome here as if I’ve never been gone.


FEEDBACK from Hannah Hart
(Buller High School, Westport).

I would like to thank the Catholic Foundation for the scholarship which I received at my school prizegiving last week.

It was an honour and a surprise to be chosen for this award.

The money will be of great help towards my university fees next year.

Hannah will attend the University of Canterbury to study a Bachelor of Engineering.


FEEDBACK from Jolan Hazelwood-Search of St Patricks College Silverstream was the recipient of the 2013 Mother Aubert scholarship administered by the Catholic Foundation. Jolan writes:

I write this update with sincere gratitude and excitement. I recently completed my Bachelor of Education (Teaching) degree at the University of Auckland, and have accepted a permanent teaching position at Sacred Heart Boys' College in Auckland. This position will enable me to put my primary training into practice as I teach Year 7 at the College. The gift of the Mother Aubert Scholarship I received in 2013 was of great help.


FEEDBACK from HAYDEN POWICK who received a scholarship in 2009 for the 2010 Tertiary year.

Hayden attended Nelson Malborough Technical Institute and studied a Bachelor of Information Technology, which he completed at the end of 2012. Since then he has taken a number of short term casual employments, whilst working as a freelance web designer. For three months in 2013 he volunteered in the Solomon Islands as Computer Specialist. During this time he taught Computers at the Don Bosco Technical Institute, a school for Trades on the main island of Guadalcanal, and constructed a website for the Institute. (www.dbti-si.com)

Hayden writes:

"The experience was very rewarding, both in terms of what I could do for the students and also what I have gained from the experience. My faith is certainly richer, and I have met some truly amazing people. Without the skills I have acquired from my studies, I couldn't have offered so much to the people of Solomon Islands."


FEEDBACK on JOLAN HAZELWOOD shown...

receiving the Sisters of Compassion Mother Aubert Sponsored Scholarship from Sister Veronica Hurring and Sister Sue at the St Patrick Silverstream prize giving. Jolan, his dad and grandma all expressed their appreciation and thanks for the scholarship which his dad said will make a huge difference to getting him started with his studies in Auckland next year. Jolan, who has been invited to the Sister’s place at island Bay to meet the wider community, was described as a truly deserving choice for the Sister’s to sponsor.

Over 100 13yr students plus families filled the auditorium.


FEEDBACK from Teresa Hoskins

My name is Teresa Hoskins and in 2008 and I was very blessed to be awarded a Catholic Foundation Tertiary Scholarship to help my studies.

Thanks to this taking some of the financial pressure off my academic year I was able to be very successful. I am about to enter my final year of study at Whitireia Polytechnic and I will leave next year with a degree in contemporary rock and jazz music. In the academic year just passed I was delighted to receive an award for being top of my level!

Once I finish my degree next year I will be heading to Massey University to do a Graduate Diploma in Teaching.

Thank you again.
Teresa.


FEEDBACK from Stephanie Isaac

I've just finished my third year at Victoria University of Wellington (which was a very good year for me with 4x A grades, 2x A- grades and 2x B- grades) and I've just been accepted into my fourth year of study inclusive of some honours courses in Information Systems. I'm still studying towards a Bachelor of Business Information Systems (4 years, with a Management specialisation and a concentration in Marketing) and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology (3 years). I'm spreading both these degrees out over 5 years.

The Tertiary Scholarship I received from the Catholic Foundation went a long way towards assisting me in the transition to university life as it paid for approximately half of my first year at university. When combined with some assistance from my parents it meant that I didn't have to get a student loan till my 2nd year. This meant that, instead of worrying about loan applications and financing, I could spend my first year focussing on how to adapt to university life and I feel this has come a long way towards helping me succeed at university.

I'd like to thank the Catholic Foundation again for the scholarship I received and the assistance this gave me in the transition to university life.

Kind regards,
Stephanie Isaac