Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships
These scholarships support high achieving tertiary students of Māori descent.
Each year a group of exceptional Māori students is selected to continue the legacy of Victoria Cross winner Second Lieutenant Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa Ngārimu and the other members of the 28th (Māori) Battalion.
To be eligible for these scholarships you must be:
- of Māori descent and
- enrolling in tertiary study and
- able to describe the Ngā Ahuatanga characteristics you possess that are similar to those identified as consistent with the 28th (Māori) Battalion soldiers.
Applications for the 2021 Scholarships will open on Monday 1 June and close on Monday 7 September 2020 with the payments to successful applicants starting in March 2021.
What does each scholarship provide?
In 2021 the Board will award seven Scholarships for a total value of up to $260,000:
- Three undergraduate scholarships with each scholarship valued up to $50,000. It provides $10,000 per year of full-time study, for up to 5 years.
- One Master scholarship for a total value of up to $30,000. It provides $15,000 per year of full-time study, for up to 2 years.
- One Master of Education research scholarships with each scholarship valued up to $30,000. Each provides $15,000 per year of full-time study, for up to 2 years and offers the opportunity of a paid internship with the Ministry of Education for up to 6 weeks of each year of study.
- One doctoral scholarship for a total value of up to $50,000. It offers $25,000 per year of full-time study, for up to 2 years.
The duration of the Scholarship will depend on the length of study that you are undertaking and is determined by the Board at the time of assessment.
What to include in your application
All applicants will need to include:
- a form completed by a Kaumātua, Māori leader that certifies your whakapapa,
- a form completed by someone who can endorse your academic achievement and suitability to study,
- a Te Reo Māori statement that demonstrates your language capabilities, and
- a statement about the Ngā Āhuatanga characteristics you possess that are similar to those identified as consistent with the 28th (Māori) Battalion soldiers.
Applicants to the Undergraduate Scholarship will also need to include:
- confirmation of enrolment at a tertiary institution – completing the study details section is sufficient, and
- a verified tertiary academic transcript or for undergraduate school leavers, your NZQA record of learning for NCEA L2 (and L3 if applicable) or equivalent Cambridge International Examinations or International Baccalaureate if you are yet to start tertiary studies.
Master and Master of Education research scholarships
The Board offers two Master scholarships.
One Master of Education research scholarship for candidates who are planning to complete Māori education research as part of their master’s degree.
The research may involve various aspects of Māori education including student learning, teaching methods, teacher training, and classroom dynamics.
One further Master scholarship is offered to candidates studying any other subject.
Applications for both scholarships will need to include a brief statement of up to 250 words, outlining the topic, the reasons for your interest in the subject area, and your future expectations.
Preference will be given to applicants who are able to demonstrate that their studies aim to improve the social, economic, and cultural wellbeing of Māori or are on Māori issues. Eligible applicants can apply for both scholarships.
If you are applying for a doctoral scholarship you will need to include:
- confirmation that you have completed your provisional year in a PhD programme
- confirmation that your tertiary institution's Doctoral Committee has approved your full enrolment status in the PhD programme
- a 500 word essay outlining the topic of your thesis/doctorate
- a reference from your chief supervisor.
Preference will be given to applicants who are able to demonstrate that their studies aim to improve the social, economic, and cultural wellbeing of Māori or are on Māori issues.
During World War II, Māori men and women made a significant contribution in all areas of the defence forces and home services. The recruits who formed the 28th (Māori) Battalion fought with distinction in many engagements. Subsequently, Second Lieutenant Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa Ngārimu was acknowledged by the British Commonwealth for his heroism and ultimate sacrifice and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.
In June 1943, Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui and Pākehā from the East Coast met to consider how to commemorate the bravery of Ngārimu, and the other members of the 28th Battalion, whose lives had been lost in World War II. It was decided to establish a fund to support Māori education.
The Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Scholarship Fund Board was established for the purposes of administering funds that promoted Māori education. The scholarships support Māori excellence at tertiary level with academic merit being a high priority in the selection.
Scholarships have been awarded to over 200 recipients.
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