Norman and Norma Sutherland Scholarship in Civil Engineering

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What does the scholarship get me?


Closing dates for applications

Next: 31 March 2021

Length of award

One year.

Number of awards offered


Purpose of award

To assist students in Civil Engineering who through personal or family circumstances face financial difficulty entering the Second Professional Year of a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Civil Engineering at the University of Canterbury.

Selection criteria

Awarded to a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident who intends to enrol in the Second Professional Year of a BE(Hons)(Civil) at the University of Canterbury in the year after application.

The scholarship shall be awarded based on the following criteria:
a) financial need;
b) academic achievement;
c) potential contribution to the civil engineering industry in New Zealand.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

The scholarship may be held with any other scholarship, prize or award unless the conditions of
the other awards preclude this. However, the holding of any other awards, and the candidate’s
financial circumstances, will be taken into account in determining the award of the scholarship.


How do students apply?

You may apply through this webpage approximately 8 weeks before applications close. If it’s possible to apply on-line for this scholarship there will be a link above to the on-line system. If the link is not provided, please download and complete the application form located below.

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How and when do students learn of the decision?

Paid by direct credit to the awardee's fees account at the time of enrolment.

Decision makers

Awarded by the Council of the University of Canterbury on the recommendation of a Selection Committee, which shall comprise:
a) the Vice-Chancellor or nominee; and
b) the Head of Department of Civil Engineering or nominee; and
c) the representative of the Norman and Norma Sutherland Charitable Trust.

History or background of award

Established in 2005 by the Norman and Norma Sutherland Charitable Trust. Norman Sutherland attended the University of Canterbury Engineering School from 1946 to 1948 and thereafter became a prominent Christchurch engineer with Royds and Sutherland, subsequently Royds Sutherland and McLeay, Consulting Engineers and Town Planners (amalgamated now with MWH New Zealand Limited). Mr Sutherland retired in 1981 and died in 1984. Norma Sutherland was involved in the fashion industry from the 1950's to the 1980's and proceeds from her extensive personal clothes collection contributed to the Trust, following her death in 2003.

Additional information

The Selection Committee may also consider favourably those applicants who are applying for direct entry to the Second Professional Year on the basis of holding a National Diploma in Engineering or equivalent qualification.

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact

The Scholarships Office
University of Canterbury
Level 3, Registry, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
+64 3 366 7001


Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently. The administrator of this record last updated this information in April 2020.