Guardian Trust and the Māori Education Trust seek Applications for 2013 Rose Hellaby Scholarships

Prestigious scholarships offer valuable financial support to Māori postgraduate, undergraduate and secondary students

Guardian Trust and the Māori Education Trust are calling for eligible Māori students to submit their applications for an education boost. After distributing $130,000 earlier this year to 120 Māori secondary, undergraduate and postgraduate student recipients, the two organisations are inviting applications for the 2013 round of distributions from the Rose Hellaby Māori Education Fund.

Applications for the 2013 scholarships open on 30 November 2012. Secondary applications close on 28 February 2013 and tertiary applications on 29 March 2013. The postgraduate scholarships specifically support outstanding Māori students undertaking Masters, PhD or other postgraduate study in the fields of engineering, mathematics, science, technology or medicine, but with a particular bias toward those eager to provide leadership to Māori in their given field and benefit Māori generally.

Also eligible for scholarships from the fund are Māori undergraduates studying in the scientific, mathematical or technical fields, and Year 9 Māori who demonstrate financial need and academic ability and aptitude to purchase school uniforms or textbooks. More information and an application form can be found at www.maorieducation.org.nz via the Apply for Scholarships page.

Since the Fund was created in 1969, Guardian Trust has acted as sole trustee, administrator and investment manager, distributing $3.2 million through the Māori Education Trust to nearly 5,000 Māori students - $1.1 million in the past decade alone.

Guardian Trust and the Māori Education Trust formally created the Rose Hellaby Postgraduate Māori Scholarships in 2010. Rose Hellaby, a descendant of the Auckland-based meat dynasty, established her eponymous Māori Education Fund with the goal of creating educational opportunity for Māori children and young adults.

Philip Morgan Rees, Guardian Trust's General Manager Personal Client Services, says of the fund, "Guardian Trust is delighted to be supporting the wishes of Rose Hellaby through the annual distributions made possible by her foresight and generosity. The past scholarship winners are some of our future leaders, and we are looking forward to finding other worthy beneficiaries of Rose Hellaby's legacy. We hope she would be pleased by the ongoing fulfilment of her goals for Māori education and the enrichment of young academics."

Evelyn Newman, Manager of the Māori Education Trust, says, "Being able to publicly acknowledge and celebrate our postgraduate scholarship winners this year was a great achievement and provides inspiration to all Māori who strive for academic excellence and act as role models. We're also privileged to work with the team at Guardian Trust, who possess a real passion and focus on directing these scholarships to people with leadership ability and who provide support to others in their field and communities."

Applications for the 2013 scholarships are now open. Secondary applications close on 28 February 2013 and tertiary applications on 29 March 2013. Students can complete the application form online at http://www.maorieducation.org.nz

Media release 7 DECEMBER, 2012 - Guardian Trust and the Māori Education Trust