William, Betty and Jill Bell Award

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What does the scholarship get me?


Closing dates for applications

Next: 31 January 2021

31 January annually.

Length of award

1 Year

Number of awards offered


Purpose of award

The main purpose of the Scholarship is to assist a student who, because of financial hardship, may not otherwise be able to undertake a university degree.

Selection criteria

The basis of selection will be academic merit, motivation to succeed at University and demonstrated financial hardship. Preference may be given to students who at the first member of their family to attend a university.School leavers must achieve an NCEA rank score of at least 180 or a CIE rank score of at least 190 based on their Year 13 results.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

The Scholarship may be awarded to a recipient who is the first member of their family, including siblings and parents, to enrol at a university. Adoptive and step siblings and parents are included where they have lived with the applicant for five or more years.

How do students apply?

Scholarship applications will usually open around six weeks before the closing date. Please read the regulations carefully to be sure you are eligible before you apply.
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How and when do students learn of the decision?

Approximately six weeks after the closing date by letter or email.

Decision makers

The Scholarship will be awarded by the University of Auckland Council upon the recommendation of a Selection Committee comprising the Deputy Dean (Academic) of the Faculty of Education (or nominee), the Associate Dean (Students) of the Faculty of Education (or nominee) and the Faculty of Education Student Services Manager (or nominee).

History or background of award

The Scholarship was established in 2014 with a generous donation from Eileen (Sunny) Barnes, a close friend of William and Betty Bell.William and Betty Bell both grew up in the depression and thus had an understanding of financial need.

Additional information

The Scholarship will be paid in two instalments: one in the first, and one in the second semester.

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

The Scholarship Office
The University of Auckland
+64 9 373 7599


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 February 2020.