Cave Creek Student Memorial Scholarships

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What does the scholarship get me?

Dependent on funding available, but will be for a minimum of $500 per person.

Closing dates for applications

Next: 15 December 2022

5.00 pm on 15 December in the year prior to your programme of study.

Length of award

One year.

Number of awards offered

Up to 20

Purpose of award

To financially assist students enrolled in any full-time outdoor programme (Outdoor Recreation, Leadership and Guiding, or Ski Patrol) at Tai Poutini Polytechnic.

Selection criteria

All students enrolled in, or preparing to enrol in, any full-time outdoor pursuits programme (Certificate in Outdoor Education Diploma in Outdoor Instruction and Guiding, or Certificate in Ski Patrol) at Tai Poutini Polytechnic are eligible to apply.
* Applicants must be NZ Citizens

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

It is a condition of the award that scholarship winners must complete an outdoor recreation or equivalent programme at Tai Poutini Polytechnic; any withdrawal will result in the Polytechnic making such recommendations as are in accordance with its established financial and academic regulations.

How do students apply?

Download an Application form and related documents here.
Application Form
Scholarship Page

How and when do students learn of the decision?

Successful applicants will be advised as soon as possible after the closing date.

Decision makers

Board of Trustees.

History or background of award

On 28 April 1995, a tragedy of national proportions happened in the Cave Creek area of the West Coast of the South Island. Thirteen students enrolled on Tai Poutini Polytechnic's Outdoor Recreation programme and one Department of Conservation Officer lost their lives when a viewing platform collapsed into a ravine. Four other students on the viewing platform survived the 30-metre fall.

Additional information

It is a condition of the award that the names of scholarship winners are printed in West Coast newspapers. Photographs may be used in promotional material.

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

The Chair of the TPP Awards Committee
Tai Poutini Polytechnic
Private Bag 607, Greymouth 7840, New Zealand
0800 800 411
(03) 768 4503


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 November 2021.