Kate Sheppard Memorial Award

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What does the scholarship get me?


Closing dates for applications

Next: 30 June 2021

30 June each year.

Length of award

The tenure of the Award shall be for a period of one year but this may be extended for a further year if it is deemed desirable to do so having regard to the particular work being undertaken.

Number of awards offered


Purpose of award

To establish an award to provide an opportunity for a woman holding New Zealand Citizenship or who is permanently resident in New Zealand to develop her potential by undertaking further education, study, research or training in areas which are of value to the community in New Zealand, and To provide financial assistance towards books, equipment, use of facilities and other appropriate assistance.

Selection criteria

Women undertaking further education, study, research or training in areas of significant value to the community.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

The successful applicant must uplift the Award within twelve months of the Award being notified to her. The Award may be terminated at any time if the Trust is not satisfied that the holder is diligently pursuing the work for which the Award was granted or has otherwise failed to comply with the terms and conditions of the Award.

How do students apply?

Application forms can either be downloaded from this site (see attachment below), sent to you directly by e-mail or by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to:
        Kate Sheppard Memorial Award Trust
        PO Box 29-516

Application Form and Regulations are available from Web: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/scholarships/forms_docs/kate_sheppard_appln.pdf

All Applications must be clearly written or typed and include the following:
* Details of the proposed course of study, research, education or training.
* Estimated cost or budget, and other funding already received.
* A full Curriculum Vitae and details of previous relevant work and/or study undertaken.
* Two written references that have been given within the last three years
* The names of two other referees who must be contactable by telephone
* An outline to indicate how the skills and knowledge to be acquired can be applied for the benefit of the New Zealand Community.
* Certified photocopies of evidence of New Zealand Citizenship (birth certificate or passport) or evidence of New Zealand residency of no less than five years' duration. Copies must be certified by a Justice of the Peace, Solicitor or other such person.
* Do Not Send Originals
* Signed copy of the enclosed privacy conditions
* A stamped self addressed appropriate sized envelope must be included if applications are to be returned.
Application Form

How and when do students learn of the decision?

The successful applicant will be notified by the Trust. The recipient of the Award will be announced on or about Suffrage Day, 19 September.

Decision makers

The Committee of the Kate Sheppard Memorial Award consists of representatives from the following organisations:
Christchurch City Council
National Council of Women
NZ Council of Trade Unions
Rural Women of New Zealand

History or background of award

The Trust was established by a group of Christchurch women, who were also responsible for the commissioning of the Kate Sheppard National Memorial which commemorates the 1993 centennial of women's suffrage in New Zealand.

Additional information

The Trust will negotiate with the successful applicant the details of payments, timetable, report presentation, other relevant matters and may require a contract to this effect.

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

Kate Sheppard Memorial Award Trust
PO Box 29516, Fendalton, Christchurch


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 July 2020.