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 2020 Scholarships closed on Monday 9 September 2019 with the payments to successful applicants starting in February 2020.

What does each scholarship provide?

In 2020 the Board will award seven Scholarships for a total value of up to $290,000:

  • 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.
  • Two 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.

Background

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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Māori Battalion! Staunch and true!
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Past winners

Find out more about the 2017/2018 recipients

Further information

Ngarimu.Scholarship@education.govt.nz

Phone: 0800 165 225 choose option 4 – general enquiries.

 

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