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Victoria University of Wellington Norman Kirk Memorial Trust Pasifika Scholarship, New Zealand 2023

Application is now open for the Norman Kirk Memorial Trust Pasifika Scholarship at Victoria University of Wellington. Interested applicants are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.

About Victoria University of Wellington and Scholarship

On the 60th anniversary of her coronation, Victoria University of Wellington was established and given the name Victoria (formerly Victoria University College). When the University of New Zealand was dissolved in 1961, Victoria University College (or simply “Vic”) changed its name to Victoria University of Wellington and started awarding its degrees.

The University Council, which consists of 20 members, is responsible for day-to-day administration. Of these, four are chosen by the Court of Convocation, three by the academic staff, one by the general staff, two by the executive of the student union, four by the Minister of Education, four by the Council itself, and the Vice-Chancellor. All graduates who elect to participate make up the Court of Convocation. Three campuses of Victoria University of Wellington are dispersed around Wellington. Auckland also has locations for it.

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The Right Honourable Norman Kirk, Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1972 to 1974, is honored through the Norman Kirk Memorial Trust Pasifika Scholarship, which was founded in 1976. Norman Kirk was an inspiring and kind leader who made a lot of effort to better the lives of the poor and to forge ties between New Zealand and other little countries in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific.

Following his early passing, contributions from individuals and organizations went into a fund that is currently managed and invested by the Trust. Scholarships are awarded to South Pacific and New Zealand students from the cash generated, particularly to those who are dedicated to “second chance” education or training and pursuing a degree that would enable them to contribute more effectively to their communities.

Details about the Norman Kirk Memorial Trust Pasifika Scholarship at the Victoria University of Wellington:

Scholarship Sponsor: Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Scholarship Value: $6,000 

Number of awards: N/A

Study level: Undergraduate

Host Institution(s): Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Eligibility Criteria for Norman Kirk Memorial Trust Pasifika Scholarship

Applicants are advised to meet the following prerequisites to be qualified for the Norman Kirk Memorial Trust Pasifika Scholarship at the Victoria University of Wellington:

  • Candidates must be Pasifika students studying in New Zealand.
  • Financial hardship must be experienced by applicants.
  • In the year after application, candidates must be enrolled in their first undergraduate degree program.

Selection Criteria

This scholarship is made available through the Victoria University of Wellington Foundation to a Pasifika student from New Zealand who fits the Trust’s requirements, is enrolled full-time at Victoria University of Wellington for the first year of a degree program, and is experiencing financial difficulty. A mature student may be given preference.

Please Note: The Scholarships Office will present a short list of up to five applicants to the Trust after consulting with nominees from the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika), Student Financial Advice.

Required Documents for Application

  • A character reference (to be requested via the online system)
  • Pasifika endorsement of ethnicity (to be requested via the online system)
  • Personal statement
  • Complete the financial information section

Application Process for Norman Kirk Memorial Trust Pasifika Scholarship

On or before the deadline, a completed online application must be submitted. Applications that are submitted late or incomplete won’t be approved. To be considered, the application must be submitted along with all necessary supporting materials (including references) by 4:30 p.m. on the deadline day. You can also visit the official website for further details.

The Submission Deadline is: September 11, 2023

Not interested in this particular scholarship? See other New Zealand scholarships here.

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