Shona Butterfield Scholarship

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What does the scholarship get me?

Up to $5,000

Closing dates for applications

Next: 10 January 2021

10 January

Length of award

Up to two years.

Number of awards offered

One or more.

Purpose of award

The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage students who have a disability to achieve their full potential in their area of study. Successful applicants will be provided with the opportunity to study in their own home, supported by freephone access to lecturer(s), library and other services.

Selection criteria

The scholarship is available to students who have a disability that impacts their ability to study, and who are citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

By submitting an application, you are agreeing to participate in any publicity The Open Polytechnic may publish regarding this scholarship.

How do students apply?

Verified evidence of New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency status must be attached to your application form if you have not sent this to us previously.
Evidence of your disability, for example a health professional report, is also required if not sent to us previously.You are asked to provide the names of two referees to support your application. These people must be able to comment on your personal qualities, and may be contacted by the Scholarship Committee. Your referees cannot be family members, but could be from the following group of people:
• teacher or lecturer
• community member, for example, minister, community leader
• employer or supervisor of, for example, unpaid or voluntary work, vacation, part-time, or full-time employment
• other non-family member
Application Form and information Sheet
Scholarship Page

How and when do students learn of the decision?

By the Scholarships Committee, in past years before 30th of January (please check with the Open Polytechnic).

Decision makers

The Scholarship Committee will consider all applications and award the scholarship to one or more applicant each year if possible.

History or background of award

The Shona Butterfield Scholarship was established in honour of former Open Polytechnic Chief Executive Shona Butterfield who resigned in March 2003 after 14 years in the role.

Additional information

The award will take into account:
* Disability - as it impacts on the applicants ability to study
* Financial need
* Commitment to study plan and the likely ability of the applicant(s) to successfully complete the chosen programme of study.

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

Team Leader Services
Open Polytechnic of NZ
Shona Butterfield Scholarship, Private Bag 31914, Lower Hutt 5040, New Zealand
0508 650 200


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 October 2020.