Herbert Sutcliffe Hardship Scholarships

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What does the scholarship get me?

$2,000 each - subject to funds available.

Closing dates for applications

Next: 31 March 2021

31 March

Length of award

One year.

Number of awards offered

One or more scholarships available.

Purpose of award

The deed of gift specifies that up to fifty percent of the scholarship money each year may be made available to help needy or disadvantaged students and in particular students from groups who at present are under represented among the students at the University.

Selection criteria

One or more scholarships available annually. The scholarships are held for academically worthy students who are experiencing financial hardship—especially, but not exclusively, students from groups currently underrepresented at Victoria University of Wellington.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Recipients are expected to write a letter of thanks to the donor on receipt of the award.

How do students apply?

A completed online application must be submitted by 4.30 pm on the closing date. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Any required supporting documentation (including references) must also be received by 4.30 pm on the closing date in order for the application to be considered.
Applications will normally open one month prior to the closing date. If no application link is provided below, check back again closer to the closing date. Contact us if you have any queries.
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How and when do students learn of the decision?

Applicants will be considered on the basis of their academic merit and evidence of financial hardship. In some cases, applications may be invited. In other cases, awards may be made directly.

Decision makers

The selection will be made by a panel selected by the Scholarships Office. Recommendations about the use of available scholarship money will be made from time to time by the Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Social Services.

History or background of award

Established in 1989 when the Wellington Branch of the Herbert Sutcliffe Schools of Radiant Living gave to the University a capital sum of $100,000 (being proceeds from the sale of its premises) as an endowment for one or more scholarships each year in the general area of the Humanities.

Additional information

Applicants must be enrolled on a full-time basis for the final year of a BA, BEd, BMus or BA(Hons), BMus(Hons) or first year of a MEd.

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

The Scholarships Office
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
+64 4 463 5557


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 April 2020.