Ormond Wilson Scholarship

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What does the scholarship get me?

$1,200 per annum, subject to fundsavailable

Closing dates for applications

Next: 1 December 2021

Length of award

The Scholarship may be held for up to two years provided that the scholar continues to make satisfactory progress with their studies and continues to remain enrolled for a BA and/or BSc at Victoria University of Wellington.

Number of awards offered

One per annum

Selection criteria

·    Applicants for the Scholarship must: be entered for the NCEA Level 3 and/or Scholarship examinations in the year of application;
·    be under nineteen years of age on the first day of December of the year of application;
·    be New Zealand citizens or have permanent resident status; and
·    be intending to enrol full time for the first year of any Bachelor’s degree offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science or the Faculty of Science at Victoria University of Wellington in the year following the year of application.
·    Applicants should be intending to remain enrolled at Victoria University of Wellington at least until the completion of their BA and/or BSc degree(s).
·    In making the award, the Selection Committee shall have regard not only to the academic ability of the applicants as evidenced by their performance in the NCEA Level 3 and/or Scholarship examinations, but also to other factors such as character, qualities of leadership and contribution to cultural and/or sporting activities.
·    The financial circumstances of the candidates will also be taken into account. Priority will be given to applicants whose family background is such that because of their limited financial resources they would be facing considerable financial hardship as a consequence of deciding to go to university.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Victoria University will expect recipients to write a letter on receipt of the award and provide an end of year progress report.

How do students apply?

A student wishing to be considered for the Scholarship should apply in the first instance to the Principal of their school. Principals of secondary schools may submit no more than one nomination to the Scholarships Office, Victoria University of Wellington by 1 December each year.
Each nominee should complete an Ormond Wilson Scholarship application form which should be forwarded by the Principal together with a confidential report from the Principal covering the applicant’s academic record and other school achievements and including, if relevant, some statement concerning the nominee’s financial circumstances.
Shortlisted applicants may be requested to attend an interview.

Decision makers

The award of the Scholarship shall be determined by a Selection Committee consisting of the Convener of the Scholarships Committee (or nominee), the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences (or nominee) and the Dean of Science (or nominee). The membership of the Selection Committee in any given year shall include at least one man and one woman. The Selection Committee may invite short-listed applicants for interview the year following the year of application.

History or background of award

This Scholarship was established in memory of Ormond Wilson, farmer, politician and scholar.

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 December 2020.