LexisNexis Hardship Scholarship

Study Area(s): Law
Scholarship Level: Undergraduate (returning)
Closing Date(s): 31 March
Tenure: One year
Award for: Students facing financial hardship
Number offered: Up to four
Value: $6,250

Description

This scholarship is to financially assist second and third year undergraduate students of Victoria University's Faculty of Law. The scholarships are for those who consider themselves disadvantaged in regards to either economic, educational or social circumstances.

History

LexisNexis has entered a 5-year partnership with the Law Faculty at Victoria University of Wellington. As part of this partnership, each year they will fund the ‘LexisNexis Scholarships’, to be awarded annually at the discretion of the Dean of Law. In 2019, the Law Faculty agreed that part of the scholarship funding should be utilised to create scholarships for 200 and 300 level Law students who are experiencing significant disadvantage or financial hardship.

Eligibility

This scholarship is open to applicants who are currently enrolled in 200 or 300 level LAWS courses and currently experiencing some form of disadvantage (economic, educational or social).

Definition of “Disadvantage”: A disadvantaged student is “one who, despite facing significant obstacles, has prepared himself or herself for a university education.”

The following are examples of circumstances of what may qualify as evidence of disadvantage:

  • Coming from a low-income, single-parent or rurally-isolated family environment.
  • Coming from a family which was partially or wholly dependent upon government assistance.
  • Coming from a family in which few or no members have attended university.
  • Attending a low-decile school or which had a high dropout rate.
  • Attending a primary or secondary school whose student body comprised 50 percent or greater minority students
  • Being raised in a family environment in which English was a second language.

Criteria

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws at Victoria University of Wellington
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in 200 or 300 level LAWS courses, in a minimum of 50% LAWS courses
  • Applicants must be experiencing some form of disadvantage or hardship

Application process

A completed online application must be submitted by 4:30pm on the closing date. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Any required supporting documentation (including references) must also be received by 4:30pm 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.

Apply online

Scholarship specific documentation

Selection process

Successful candidates will be chosen by a committee comprising appropriate staff from the Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law.

Additional information

Recipients must write a letter of thanks to the donor of this scholarship and provide an end of year progress report if requested.

The scholarship will be paid as a stipend (equal monthly instalments).

Regulations and conditions

  1. A completed online application must be submitted by 4:30pm on the closing date. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Any required supporting documentation (including references) must also be received by 4:30pm on the closing date in order for the application to be considered.
  2. All offers of the Scholarship will be conditional upon the recipient being fully enrolled in a full-year programme (full-time will be at the level of points considered by Studylink as full-time) within the stipulated criteria and tenure of the scholarship. No payment of the Scholarship will be made until this condition is met.
  3. The Scholarship cannot be deferred to a later year.
  4. The Scholarship may be held in conjunction with other awards.
  5. Should the recipient withdraw from Victoria during the tenure of this scholarship or fail to achieve a satisfactory progress, partial repayment of the Scholarship will normally be expected. Recipients must advise the Scholarships Office if they intend to withdraw.
  6. Recipients are expected to act as Ambassadors for Victoria University and participate in appropriate events or marketing if requested.
  7. At the discretion of the Deciding Authority, the application of the terms and conditions of the Scholarship may be modified in special circumstances or to avoid hardship to any candidate for the Scholarship.

Contact

Scholarships and PhD Admissions Office
scholarships-office@vuw.ac.nz
pg-research@vuw.ac.nz
summer-research@vuw.ac.nz
Phone +64 463 5557