The John Burns Award for Courage and Perseverance

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Closing dates for applications

Next: 30 September 2019

Purpose of award

The John Burns Award for Courage and Perseverance is granted to tertiary students living in the Wellington region who have exhibited outstanding qualities of courage and perseverance in the face of adversity, including health, disability and family circumstances.

Selection criteria

The award is open to students who are...
living in Wellington City, Hutt City, Kapiti District, Porirua City, Southern Wairarapa, within 60 kilometres of Wellington Central Railway Station
under the age of 23 at the time of selection
studying full-time in New Zealand for their first tertiary qualification
in need of financial assistance.

How do students apply?

All open grant applications are accessible here.

Decision makers

The John Burns Award for Courage and Perseverance is administered by Public Trust. Recipients are chosen by the Advisory Committee comprising Public Trust and the Royal New Zealand Navy.

History or background of award

This award is a memorial to John Burns, a naval officer, who died in 1967 after suffering years of ill health. The John Burns Award for Courage and Perseverance was established by Patricia Burns, John's sister, after her death. Patricia Burns wanted John's memory to live on, and for the recipients to know that success could still be achieved despite adversity.

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

Public Trust
0800 371 471


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 August 2019.