Advance Ashburton Community Foundation: Tertiary Education

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What does the scholarship get me?

variable - see "Additional Information".

Closing dates for applications

Next: 14 October 2020

Length of award

See "Additional Information" for details of each Scholarship offered.

Number of awards offered

multiple - see "Additional Information".

Purpose of award

Advance Ashburton offer scholarships to students undertaking tertiary study, or in some instances vocational training or other training/study to advance their education, knowledge and experience

Selection criteria

There are strict eligibility criteria for our different scholarships due to the wishes of our donors, whose generosity has made these scholarships possible.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

·         All applications will be reviewed.  Applicants who are shortlisted through this initial review process will be required to attend an interview before representatives of the AACF.
·         A scholarship may be revoked if a recipient’s behavior is inappropriate or the recipient has breached conditions of the scholarship.
·         Recipients may be asked by the Foundation to participate in promotional activities as agreed by both parties.
·         First year students are welcome to apply for these scholarships, however, preference may be given to those with a proven academic record in their field of study.
·         Immediate family of trustees and staff of AACF are not eligible to apply for these scholarships.

How do students apply?

To apply for this scholarship, please complete and return the Scholarship Application form.
Application Form (PDF)
Application Form

How and when do students learn of the decision?

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of January.
Applications are only considered once a year.  For more details visit

Decision makers

Value and Payment of Scholarships
·         The value of the scholarship will be determined each year by the AACF Grants Committee. It may differ from year to year and may also differ between applicants.
·         For tertiary study, the scholarships may be used towards living and incidental expenses.
·         For industry training, the scholarship may be used towards fees, tools, books, travel or other expenses for your course.
·         Recipients of the scholarship are not excluded from applying again for a scholarship, however, preference may be given to first time applicants.
·         The scholarship may be paid to the university or place of learning, to the parent or guardian of the recipient or to the recipient at the discretion of Advance Ashburton Community Foundation.

History or background of award

Advance Ashburton Community Foundation (AACF) has been formed as a perpetual charitable trust dedicated to benefiting the Ashburton District.  It is registered as a charity under the Charities Act with number of CC28482.  Donated funds are invested and the Foundation distributes the income to worthwhile organisations and causes.

Additional information

The following scholarships can be applied for using this form:
Alister Smyth Scholarship, $1,000 -for any tertiary study.
Alister Smyth established a special namedfund with Advance Ashburton Community Foundation in 2011 to provide scholarships for tertiary education study, with preference for thosewho are financially or otherwise disadvantaged in terms of undertaking their study.

Ashburton UFS Scholarship, $2,000 –for tertiary study in one of the specified health science disciplines.
In 2008 trustees of the Ashburton United Friendly Society Dispensary established a special named fund with Advance Ashburton Community Foundation to provide scholarships for students who have been accepted into or are already studying in an approved health-related course in a tertiary institution.

Johnston Brothers Health Science Scholarship, $3,000 –for education in any area connected with health.
In 2012 Alan and Bob Johnston established a special named fund with Advance Ashburton Community Foundation to provide scholarships for students who are undertaking further education in any area connected with health.

Parsons Family Trust Scholarship, $3,000 –for agricultural, horticulture or aquaculture.
The Parsons Family established a special named fund with Advance Ashburton Community Foundation in 2014 to provide scholarshipsin the fields of agricultural, horticulture or aquaculture. .
Ian Glassey Scholarship, $3,000–for environmental studies.
The Ian Glassey Memorial Fund will fund a scholarship for those who will contribute to the enhancement of the environment through undertaking environmental study.

Tinwald Club Scholarship–for residents of the Tinwald area.
The Tinwald Club Fund will fund scholarships for those who live, or their parent(s) live, in the Tinwald area.(Note: For these purposes, the Tinwald area is defined as an arc with a 4 km radius with its center at the midpoint of the Ashburton River Road concrete structure bridge. The arc will be bounded in the North West by the southern bank of the South branch of the Ashburton River and swing south through South east to the south bank of the Ashburton River.)

Graham Gunn Scholarship $2,000–for music studies.
The Graham Gunn Fund will fund a scholarship for those who are studying in the field of music.
We also offer scholarships for attending Outward Bound courses.  These scholarships are to be applied for using a different application form which can be downloaded from our website, or please contact us to request a copy.

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

Alison Muckle
Advance Ashburton Community Foundation
PO Box 310, Ashburton
027 604 8013


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 September 2020.