Robert Gibson Methodist Trust Board Bursaries and Student Grants

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What does the scholarship get me?

$750 to $2,000 each.

Closing dates for applications

Next: 20 November 2021

20 November each year.

Length of award

Annual applications. Future support requires re-application with current examination results.

Number of awards offered

Approximately 120 each year.

Purpose of award

To award bursaries to boys, girls, young men & women who are attending University Polytechnic, or other approved educational institutions.

Selection criteria

The Trust's Constitution requires that preference be given to orphans, & to Methodist or Presbyterian students who desire to follow an agricultural course. Nevertheless, assistance from the Trust is not necessarily restricted to those groups.

The Trust seeks applications from students with potential, who, because of financial circumstances, may not be able to undertake or continue tertiary education.

*The age limit for first time applicants is 25 years and two character references must be attached. The Board prefers that one reference be from a minister of religion.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Evidence of enrolment and examination results.

How do students apply?

All applications should contain exam results and reports. However end of year results can be forwarded when they are available.
Late applications will not be considered.

Application Forms. These are available from:- 

The Secretary Administrator 
Robert Gibson Methodist Trust Board 
P O Box 931 
Christchurch 8140 
Ph 03-366 6049 

Or on line in PDF format at:- 
Trust Funds & Resources - Robert Gibson Methodist Trust
Application Form

How and when do students learn of the decision?

Advised by letter.

Decision makers

Robert Gibson Methodist Trust Board.

History or background of award

Mr Robert Gibson, farmer of Manaia, Taranaki, bequested his farm to be run as a Charitable Trust.

Additional information

Be honest with income details
.Applicants from farming or self employed families should send copies of last available financial statements.
Tax assessment notices should be attached for other applicants. Applications without Parental/Guardian income details
will not be considered. Confidentiality is assured. The Board reserves the right to request copies of annual accounts or tax returns where necessary. Although there is discretion for the Trust Board to consider these requests, the present policy of the Board is not to grant assistance to students travelling overseas or from overseas.

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

Administrator, Robert Gibson Methodist Trust
Methodist Church of New Zealand
PO Box 931, Christchurch 8140


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 November 2020.