Scholarship detail

Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship


Previous awards have generally been given in the region of $3,000 - $5,000 (per award).

Tenure of award:

Each trustee reviews all [eligible] applications independently, and then the trustees meet in October/November each year to moderate their individual assessments and agree that year's recipients.

Closing dates for applications:

01 September 2017
01 September 2018
Applications open 1st June and close September 1st annually. No extensions allowed.

Number of awards offered:

The Trustees have sole discretion and will determine the award amount.

History or background of award

The scholarship is named after Betty Loughhead MBE, JP. who was the first New Zealander to serve as the International President of Soroptimist International. The scholarship was established in 1987, and named in her honour.

Purpose of award

The Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship provides financial support to women over the age of 25 who are studying to either:
* obtain a qualification to enter (or re-enter) the workforce; or
* to gain a further qualification to advance a careers in business, the professions, the arts; or
* to change occupation.

Selection criteria

Applications for the 2017 academic year open on 1 June 2016. The scholarship is available to women who are:
* New Zealand citizens
* At least 25 years of age on 1 September in the year of application.
* Enrolled in an NZQA approved education programme that is to be undertaken in NZ
* Have a proven record of academic achievement
* Able to use the scholarship in the year for which it is awarded
* Willing to participate in Soroptimist promotional activities (should they be awarded a scholarship)

How do students apply?

Application forms are available to download from this website - on 1 June each year.

Six (6) copies of the application form should be provided, in hard copy, to the Secretary, at the address given on the application form. Please ensure you provide 6 clean copies (one for each trustee) of your application and references. Emailed applications cannot be accepted (and will not be considered).
How to apply

Additional information

Applications for the 2017 academic year are now closed.  Applicants will be notifed of the trustees decisions by the end of November 2017.

Applications for the 2018 academic year will open on 1 June 2017, and close on 1 September 2017. Application forms will be available to download from this website from 1 June 2017. 

Decision makers

The Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship is supported by all 20 New Zealand clubs. Our clubs are arranged into three regions - South, Central and North. Each region nominates two of their members to serve as trustees of the BLSST for a two-year term.

How and when do students learn of the decision?

Applicants will be notified of the Trustees' decision in late November or early December.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

The Trustees have sole discretion to grant awards and will determine in their discretion the award amount and number of successful applicants, and the terms and conditions applying to each award.

Who else has information about this award?

University and Polytechnic Scholarships Offices.

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

Name: Gabi
Position: Administrator
Organisation: The Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship Trust
Address: c/o Hayley Denoual
Wellington Branch
52 Raukawa Street
Strathmore Park Wellington 6022 New Zealand
Phone: +61 2 8096 6072