Effie Redwood Endowment Fund

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What does the scholarship get me?

Up to $5000

Closing dates for applications

Next: 14 February 2020

Application forms to be received in NZNO National Office, Wellington by 4pm on the closing date (14th February)

Length of award

Individual applicants will only be eligible for one NERF grant per calendar year (with the exception of the Emergency Grant).

Number of awards offered

One + (Varies).

Purpose of award

It was set up to assist nursing personnel employed within the boundaries of Warkworth in the north, to Rotorua in the South, with further education to enhance the skill of nurses in the practice of their profession.

Selection criteria

Any enrolled Nurse, Student Nurse or Caregiver studying or working in the private aged care sector. Applicants must reside within the boundaries of Warkworth in the North and Rotorua in the South.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

In consideration of the receipt of scholarship funds, the recipient agrees as follows:
-That any funds received from NERF be used exclusively for the purposes of supporting undergraduate study in nursing or midwifery;
-That any funds not used for supporting undergraduate study in nursing or midwifery are returned to NERF;
-That the recipient’s name, course details and amount of the scholarship may be published;
-That the recipient may be contacted by the co-editors of Kai Tiaki, a NERF trustee or other member of staff at NZNO for publicity purposes.

The decision of the NERF Trustees Grant Assessment Committee is final.

How do students apply?

Application forms and information can be found on the link below or by by contacting the National Office of NZNO. Evidence of enrollment in the study programme you are undertaking must be included and financial need will be considered. All Applications must be typed - hand written applications will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be considered, the committee requires you to answer all application questions in full in order to fairly distribute the monies available.

How and when do students learn of the decision?

Payment is made to the successful applicants within 6 weeks of the closing date. On receipt of the form you will be sent a letter/email message from the NZNO National Office. If you do not receive a letter/email message within one week please contact us.

Decision makers

Applications are reviewed by three members of the NERF Board of Trustees, two are NZNO representatives and a Māori nurse nominated by Te Runanga. The Secretary of NERF sits on the committee as a non-voting member.

History or background of award

Mrs Euphemia Rennie Forsyth Redwood, known as Effie Redwood, established the Endowment in 1972. . Mrs Redwood was not directly involved in nursing however her husband John A Redwood OBE, was a founder and Chairman of The Northern Masonic Association Trust Board. Her admiration of the nursing staff in the two homes, towards the care of the elderly was the prime motivation in setting up the Endowment in 1972.

Additional information

Priority will be given to applicants who have not received a grant in the previous two years from any source, are not eligible or have been turned down for Health Workforce New Zealand funding, and/or are not receiving any support from their employer.

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

Scholarships & Grants
NZ Nurses Organisation (Inc) National Office
PO Box 2128, Wellington 6140
(04) 499 9533


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 March 2019.