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Scholarships and grants

Two types of scholarships and grants are awarded each year.

1.  Those administered by other charitable organisations and trusts within the disability sector: these are listed below.

2.  Those administered by The National Foundation for the Deaf Inc., on behalf of The NFD Trust: view these scholarships.

Non-NFD Trust scholarships and grants

You will need to contact each organisation directly to check their current eligibility criteria and closing dates.

  • 1.

    Auckland University of Technology (AUT) – Sign Language Interpreting Scholarships

  • 2.

    Blue Lagoon Hearing Trust – Scholarship

  • 3.

    Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand – Shirley McKenzie Scholarship

  • 4.

    Deaf Decade Trust – Deaf Studies Award

  • 5.

    Deaf Decade Trust – Sir Roy McKenzie Scholarship

  • 6.

    Deaf Decade Trust – Penny Went NZSL Teaching Scholarship

  • 7.

    Deaf Decade Trust – Deaf Development Fund

  • 8.

    Dennis Nathan Educational Trust

  • 9.

    Gemini Trust – Disability Scholarships

  • 10.

    Kelston Deaf Education Centre – Mary Adeline Allen Scholarship

  • 11.

    M G Martin Charitable Trust

  • 12.

    NZ Federation for Deaf Children Inc. – Advanced Learning Scholarship (incl. Rose Scholarship)

  • 13.

    Open Polytechnic of New Zealand – Shona Butterfield Scholarship

  • 14.

    Open Polytechnic of New Zealand – Disability Study Awards

  • 15.

    Otatara Trust (EIT Hawkes Bay) – John Harre Award

  • 16.

    The Oticon Foundation in New Zealand

  • 17.

    Quota International – South Pacific Area Scholarships & Sheila Drummond Bursary

  • 18.

    University of Auckland – Dulcie Bowman Memorial Scholarship

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) - Sign Language Interpreting Scholarships

Purpose:

To support students who wish to become qualified New Zealand Sign Language Interpreters

Amount:

$3,000

Eligibility criteria:

Applicants must:

•  be accepted into and intend to complete The Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting and register as a qualified Sign Language Interpreter in NZ
•  demonstrate a basic level of NZSL competency
•  exhibit academic competency
•  be of good moral character and repute

 

 

 

 

Closing date:

31 January annually

Where to apply:

Study Awards and Scholarships Advisor
Ministry of Education, PO Box 1666, Wellington 6140

Phone: 04 463 7065

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.aut.ac.nz/study-at-aut/fees-scholarships-and-finance/scholarships/scholarships-and-awards

Blue Lagoon Hearing Trust Scholarship

Purpose:

To benefit deaf or hard of hearing people in the Tauranga and Mt Maunganui areas.

Amount:

$5000

Eligibility criteria:

Applicants can be adults, youth, hard of hearing, deaf or hearing individuals and must be a New Zealand permanent resident. Preference will be given to applicants that live in the Tauranga/Mt Maunganui area and their study must benefit the deaf and/or hard of hearing community.

Closing date:

31 October annually

Where to apply:

Blue Lagoon Hearing Trust
PO Box 8354, Cherrywood, Tauranga 3145

Phone: 07 576 1349
Fax:     07 576 1370

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.bluelagoonhearingtrust.co.nz

Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand - Shirley McKenzie Scholarship

Purpose:

To support Deaf people to get training, mainly in areas that will contribute in some way to the welfare, education or well being of other Deaf people.

Amount:

Variable from year to year

Eligibility criteria:

Applicants must be Deaf

Closing date:

31 January annually

Where to apply:

Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand
PO Box 15770, New Lynn, Auckland 0640

Phone: 0800 332 322

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.deaf.org.nz

Deaf Decade Trust - Deaf Studies Award

Purpose:

To support deaf students undertaking the Deaf Studies course at Victoria University of Wellington

Amount:

$2,000

Eligibility criteria:

Deaf permanent residents of New Zealand who have been accepted for the Certificate in Deaf Studies at VUW

Closing date:

1 December annually

Where to apply:

Lesley Carmichael
Deaf Decade Trust
C/o 109C Golf Road
Paraparaumu Beach
Paraparaumu 5032

Phone: 04 298 3779 or 021 216 6942

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.jrmckenzie.org.nz/deaf-development-fund

Deaf Decade Trust - Sir Roy McKenzie Scholarship

Purpose:

To support deaf and hard of hearing students with tertiary studies at Victoria University of Wellington

Amount:

$3,000 undergraduates, $5,000 post-graduates

Eligibility criteria:

Hearing loss of 70db or greater

Closing date:

30 November annually

Where to apply:

Lesley Carmichael
Deaf Decade Trust
C/o 109C Golf Road
Paraparaumu Beach
Paraparaumu 5032

Phone: 04 298 3779 or 021 216 6942

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.jrmckenzie.org.nz/deaf-development-fund

Deaf Decade Trust - Penny Went NZSL Teaching Scholarship

Purpose:

To encourage Deaf people to study New Zealand Sign Language teaching at a tertiary institution.  The course should preferably be a degree, and must be above the level of 'Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching NZSL' (VUW)

Amount:

(up to) $5,000

Eligibility criteria:

Deaf, fluent in NZSL, member of the NZ Sign Language Teachers' Association, teaching experience, most preferably in NZSL

Closing date:

1 November annually

Where to apply:

Lesley Carmichael
Deaf Decade Trust
C/o 109C Golf Road
Paraparaumu Beach
Paraparaumu 5032

Phone: 04 298 3779 or 021 216 6942

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.jrmckenzie.org.nz/deaf-development-fund

Deaf Decade Trust - Deaf Development Fund

Purpose:

To support projects and endeavours that contribute to the development of the Deaf community

Amount:

Variable

Eligibility criteria:

Must have benefit to the Deaf community

Closing date:

Six weeks prior to the applicant's project's start date.

Where to apply:

Lesley Carmichael
Deaf Decade Trust
C/o 109C Golf Road
Paraparaumu Beach
Paraparaumu 5032

Phone: 04 298 3779 or 021 216 6942

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.jrmckenzie.org.nz/deaf-development-fund

Dennis Nathan Educational Trust

Purpose:

To assist people born deaf who are over 16 years of age to gain educational, trade or other work training skills.  Includes the cost of fees, books, tools and similar training expenses.

Amount:

Not specified

Eligibility criteria:

Not specified

Closing date:

28 February annually

Where to apply:

Auckland Deaf Society
PO Box 96050, Balmoral, Auckland 1342

Phone: 09 630 6980

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.auckland-deaf.org.nz

Gemini Trust - Disability Scholarships

Purpose:

To support students who have completed at least one year of University study and whose home is in the Waikato, King Country or Coromandel regions

Amount:

(up to) $5,000

Eligibility criteria:

Have a physical disability and are based in the Waikato, King Country or Coromandel regions

Closing date:

31 March annually

Where to apply:

University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105, Waikato Mail Centre, Hamilton 3240

Phone: 07 838 4964

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.waikato.ac.nz/sasd/health/disability/scholarships.shtml

Kelston Deaf Education Centre - Mary Adeline Allen Scholarship

Purpose:

To assist with course costs at recognised post-secondary educational institutions

Amount:

(up to) $2,000

Eligibility criteria:

Not specified

Closing date:

15 November annually

Where to apply:

Kelston Deaf Education Centre
Private Bag 93008, New Lynn, Auckland 0640

Phone: 09 827 4859

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.kdec.school.nz

M G Martin Charitable Trust

Purpose:

To contribute to the costs of attendance at a conference, course, community or research project contributing to developments in the education of Deaf and hearing impaired children. 

Amount:

Up to $3,000 available.
Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received a MG Martin grant.

Eligibility criteria:

Applications should include:

• a statement indicating how the grant will be used;
• a budget, including other sources of funding for the project ;
• implementation plan;
• potential benefits for Deaf and hearing impaired children;
• a brief C. V. of applicant;
• the names of two referees (one from the field of Deaf/hearing impaired education).

Applicants are required to provide a brief report on the use of the funding on completion of the activities

Closing date:

31 May annually (5.00pm)
Late applications will NOT be accepted.

Where to apply:

M G Martin Charitable Trust
PO Box 9840
Newmarket
Auckland 1149

Email: [email protected]

NZ Federation for Deaf Children Inc. - Advanced Learning Scholarship (incl. Rose Scholarship)

Purpose:

To assist with course costs at recognised post-secondary educational institutions

Amount:

(up to) $1,000

Eligibility criteria:

Must be deaf or hard of hearing students up to 22 years of age

Closing date:

1 March annually

Where to apply:

New Zealand Federation for Deaf Children Inc.
PO Box 13266, Johnsonville, Wellington 6440

Phone: 0800 332 324

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.deafchildren.org.nz

Open Polytechnic of NZ - Shona Butterfield Scholarship

Purpose:

To support students who have a disability that impacts on their ability to study

Amount:

(up to) $5,000

Eligibility criteria:

Must be a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand

Closing date:

10 January annually

Where to apply:

Team Leader Services
Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
Private Bag 31914, Lower Hutt 5040

Phone: 0508 650 200

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.openpolytechnic.ac.nz/study-with-us/fees-and-funding/open-polytechnic-scholarships/

Open Polytechnic of NZ - Disability Study Awards

Purpose:

To support students who have a disability that impacts on their ability to study

Amount:

(up to) $1,000

Eligibility criteria

Must be a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand and successfully completed a previous year's study.

Closing date:

30 April annually

Where to apply:

Team Leader Services
Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
Private Bag 31914, Lower Hutt 5040

Phone: 0508 650 200

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.openpolytechnic.ac.nz/study-with-us/fees-and-funding/open-polytechnic-scholarships/

Otatara Trust (EIT Hawkes Bay) - John Harre Award

Purpose:

For EIT past or present students (Hawkes Bay campus only) with a disability who are in transition from study to full-time employment

Amount:

(up to) $3,000

Eligibility criteria:

Not specified

Closing date:

29 October annually

Where to apply:

Disability Liaison Officer
EIT Hawkes Bay
Private Bag 1201, Hawkes Bay Mail Centre, Napier 4142

Phone: 06 974 8000 extn 6049

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.eit.ac.nz/students/scholarships

The Oticon Foundation in New Zealand

Purpose:

To support and raise awareness and knowledge of hearing loss through project research

Amount:

Not specified

Eligibility criteria:

Not specified

Closing date:

31 March annually

Where to apply:

The Oticon Foundation in New Zealand
PO Box 9128, Marion Square, Wellington 6141

Phone: 0800 OTICON (0800 684 266)

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.oticon.org.nz/grantappli.htm

Quota International - South Pacific Area Scholarships & Sheila Drummond Bursary

Purpose:

To assist with course costs of study in hearing related areas

Amount:

$7,000 (SPA) and $4,000 (SDB)

Eligibility criteria:

Applicants must be nationals of and work in Australia, New Zealand or Fiji

Closing date:

30 December annually

N.B. Please note, applications are only accepted from 1st October each year.

Where to apply:

Quota International
PO Box 337, Richmond, Victoria 3121, Australia

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.quotaspas.org.au

University of Auckland - Dulcie Bowman Memorial Scholarship

Purpose:

To assist 2nd year (or subsequent years) female students who have a hearing loss, with their studies at the University of Auckland

Amount:

$3,000 (2 awarded only each year)

Eligibility criteria:

Not specified

Closing date:

28 February annually

Where to apply:

The Scholarship Office
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142

Phone: 09 373 7599

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/cs-search-for-scholarships-and-awards 

Last updated: 8 May 2017

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