Helen Macmillan Brown Bursaries

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What does the scholarship get me?

$2,500 per annum

Closing dates for applications

Next: 15 August 2021

Length of award

The tenure of each bursary shall be for three years, provided that, on the recommendation of the Academic Board, the Council may at its discretion
a) Extend the term of any bursary for an additional year or;
b) Terminate the bursary at the end of the first or of the second year, on having received from the board an unfavourable report on the conduct and progress of the bursary.

Number of awards offered

Up to ten bursaries are available annually to female students.

Purpose of award

To assist female students at the University of Canterbury.

Selection criteria

Every candidate for a bursary shall, at the examination immediately preceding election, have achieved a university entrance qualification; and the bursary shall be awarded based on the quality of achievement in the applicant's best subjects at NCEA level 3 or 4 or equivalent university entrance qualifications.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

A condition of acceptance is that recipients permit publication and announcement of their acceptance of the award

How do students apply?

Applications for a scholarship are to be made on the appropriate form.
Application Form

How and when do students learn of the decision?

The bursary will be paid in three instalments by direct credit to the recipient’s nominated New Zealand bank account. The first payment will be made a soon as practicable after confirmation of a recipient’s
(1)enrolment at the University,and
(2)residence at a recognised hall or village.

Decision makers

Election to the bursary shall be made by the Council after considering the recommendation of the Academic Board.

History or background of award

The Helen Macmillan Brown Bursaries were established in 1920 by Emeritus Professor John Macmillan Brown, in memory of his wife, the late Helen Macmillan Brown, nee Connon, formerly Lady Principal of the Girls' High School, the first woman who graduated from the University of Canterbury.

Additional information

The bursary was originally awarded to students at Helen Connon Hall, a residence managed by Canterbury College. In 1974, after the Hall closed, the bursary was opened to women at any hall administered by the
University. By1990, only University Hall was still administered by the University, and the regulations were changed to restrict tenure to women residing at that hall. In 2015 the bursary was revised to allow more
awards, fora shorter tenure, and to open the bursaries to women at any residential hall or village recognised
as affiliated with the University.

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 August 2020.