Ormond Wilson Scholarship

Study Area(s): Humanities; Science
Scholarship Level: School leaver / 1st year
Closing Date(s): 1 December
Tenure: 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.
Award for: Students facing financial hardship
Number offered: One
Value: $1,200 subject to funds available

Description

This scholarship is to support school leavers who are looking to study their first undergraduate degree under either the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences or Faculty of Science at Victoria University of Wellington.

History

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

Eligibility

This scholarship will be awarded on academic merit but consideration will also be given 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.

Criteria

  • Applicants must be entered for the NCEA Level 3 and/or Scholarship examinations in the year of application.
  • Applicants must be under nineteen years of age on the first day of December of the year of application.
  • Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or Permanent Residents.
  • Applicants must 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 must be intending to remain enrolled at Victoria University of Wellington at least until the completion of their BA and/or BSc degree(s).

Application process

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.

Scholarship specific documentation

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

Selection process

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.

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.

Additional information

The scholarship may be held for up to two years provided the recipient continues to make satisfactory progress with their studies and continues to be enrolled in a BA or BSc at Victoria University of Wellington.

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

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