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Hinewai Clark, awardee, at the Auckland award ceremony 2017

Applications are open from 1 March to 15 April 2021

Scroll down for further information on the kinds of awards on offer.

If you have any questions, please contact: enquiries@newhorizonsforwomen.org.nz

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Purpose of the awards

Foundation Certificate and Diploma Studies Second-Chance Education Awards are for women who are engaging in tertiary education for the FIRST TIME, at either a Foundation Certificate level (NZQA level 3-4) or Diploma level (NZQA level 5-6), who do not already have a tertiary qualification at that level, and have not previously received a NHWT:HK Award. 

If you have previously undertaken a Foundation programme and are now doing a Diploma programme you can apply. 

In both categories, the awards are a one off grant to help with study and/or living expenses. 

  • This year we have an award sponsored by the Business & Professional Women Auckland specifically for a woman enrolled in a Business related foundation certificate or diploma course at an institution in the Auckland region.

  • There is an award for a woman studying for an IT (information Technology) qualification, sponsored by Manu.

  • There are 8 awards targeted to the Bay of Plenty and Waikato applicants. Toi Ohomai are sponsoring 5 awards for women studying at Toi Ohomai or Waikato University, and Waikato Graduate Women Educational Trust sponsor another 3 awards at this level.

  • There are also sponsored awards targeted for women in Nelson/Marlborough, Otago/Southland, Wellington and other awards available for applicants from across the country.

Value of the awards

Foundation Certificate /Diploma Studies level- approximately $1000 to $1400

Eligibility criteria

The applicant is a woman, who:

  • Is enrolled in a NZ approved tertiary qualification

  • Is studying for the FIRST TIME towards a Foundation Certificate NZQA (Levels 3-4,) that is at least one semester in duration

  • OR, is studying for the FIRST TIME towards a Diploma of 1-2 years duration(NZQA levels 5-6) Does not already have a tertiary qualification at their proposed level of study

  • Is a New Zealand citizen or holds a resident class visa, and lives in New Zealand

  • Has not previously received a NHWT:HK Award

Selection criteria When selecting awardees, the selection panel considers the following:

  • Financial circumstances

  • Use of funds

  • Personal circumstances

  • Academic achievements

  • Evidence of ability as a role model

  • Experience

Foundation Certificate and Diploma Studies Awards