Tertiary Study Scholarships

Scholarships Awarded

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Four Catholic Foundation Scholarships are available to students residing in the Wellington Archdiocese who are in their final year of secondary education. Scholarships of $2,000 each for the first year of tertiary education are as follows:

- The Catholic Foundation Scholarship open to all students undertaking tertiary study
- The Margaret Ryan Scholarship for students studying for a degree in teaching
- Halina Morrow Fladrzynska Scholarship for refugees
- Joseph Francis Kish Scholarship for refugees

Online Tertiary Scholarships (Conditions)

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FEEDBACK from La Mu Hla.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you generously for funding the Catholic Foundation’s Refugee Tertiary Scholarship. I am very honoured to be the recipient of this award. It has assisted me greatly in paying my tuition fees and school requirements.

I am currently a third-year student at Whitireia studying Bachelor of Social Work. I have successfully completed 3 years in the field of Social Work, with next year beings my final year. My goal is to complete my degree here at Whitireia and then start working in areas such as working with refugees, elderly or special needs.

While attending my studies, I have been involved with Challenge2000 and completed my youth work certificate with them. I have also volunteered at the Salvation Army family store based in Elsdon, Porirua.

Receiving this scholarship has motivated me to maintain my grades and complete my degree. I look forward to being able to give back to the community once I begin my career. I thank you for your confidence and willingness to help me achieve my goals.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!

God Bless

FEEDBACK from Anya MacDonald.

Kia Ora! My name is Anya MacDonald and I am one of the 2015 Catholic Foundation Scholarship recipients. I have just completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Education.

I am endlessly thankful for the assistance provided by the scholarship. The financial security it provided allowed me to throw myself into my studies and focus, as well as being able to develop my sense of self. My journey through university has been incredibly eye opening and has allowed me to further understand myself and my ambitions. In 2019, I will be embarking on a Master of Teaching and Learning through Victoria University of Wellington.

My thanks and prayers extend to the wider Catholic Foundation community and all who I have encountered on this journey.

Ngā mihi and God Bless.

FEEDBACK from Anuilagi (Lagi) Aukusitino.

Hello my name is Anuilagi (Lagi) Aukusitino and I was a recipient of the Catholic Foundation Scholarship granted in 2013.

I have just completed my studies at Victoria University of Wellington and I wanted to relay my gratitude towards those involved in granting me the Scholarship.

The first year of university was a drastic change to what I was used to but I was grateful due to the assistance of the Scholarship. It enabled me to focus on my studies rather than my financial situation: which I will always consider a blessing. There have been many changes since my first year and now I am graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Majoring in Asia Studies and Chinese, minoring in History. I plan to further my language studies overseas at the end of the year.

First and foremost, I thank the Lord, my family and friends for all the support and love that I have received and experienced. I am thankful towards the Board Members of the Catholic Foundation in considering me worthy for this scholarship; Fr David Dowling, Kathy Ryan and the staff at St Catherine's College, Kilbirnie and the parish of Our Lady of the Valleys. I can confidently say that I have grown in both faith and knowledge through my journey at Victoria University and that wouldn't have been possible without the opportunity that this scholarship provided.

Thank you and God Bless.

Yours sincerely,
Anuilagi (Lagi) Aukusitino.

FEEDBACK from Kham Za Hmung.

Thank you very much Catholic foundations for the scholarship.

It helped me to finished the business administration certificate. I have continued to study throughout the years and I have recently finished Computing Servicing Level 5 in Diploma. And I am currently looking for my dream job as a networking administrator and become a networking engineer one day.

FEEDBACK from Julia Ryan.

I am currently in the final few weeks of completing a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Ecology and Biodiversity. I have really enjoyed my chosen course of study, and have been included in the Dean’s List of Science for both 2015 and 2016, an award that recognises academic achievement at VUW. My future plan is to enrol in Post Graduate Study at Victoria University, in either a Masters in Forensic Psychology or an Honours in Psychology. In the future I am hoping to enter a role which studies criminal behaviour and prevention.

I am deeply grateful to the Catholic Foundation for helping to relieve the financial burden of university and supporting me throughout my studies.

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. (

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."


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.

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