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AW Shaw Scholarships - 2020

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at 5:00PM 21 August 2020 (NZST).

The Allan William Shaw Scholarships

2020 Scholarships

IMPORTANT: Please read information below to assist you in completing your application online.

Due to the Auckland region now being in CoVid restriction level 2 - the closing date has been extended to Friday 21 August 2020.

Applicants should carefully consider the criteria which may be varied from time to time.

Public Trust is the Trustee of the estate of Allan William Shaw.  Under Mr Shaw’s Will, he provided for a Committee (“the Committee”) to be formed to assist the Trustee in granting scholarships to students of Orewa College to further their tertiary education. All applications are considered by the Committee and applicants will be advised of the outcome at the 2020 Senior Prizegiving.

Who is eligible: Students in their final year at Orewa College who are New Zealand born or hold a New Zealand Citizenship. Special consideration will be given to students who have shown a high level of academic achievement and who through personal or family circumstances would suffer financial hardship by undertaking tertiary education.

How much funding is available: Total Funding available in 2020 is $150,000. A number of Scholarships will be awarded between $4,000 and $10,000 and be awarded for up to 6 years each. (Values and periods will differ from applicant to applicant).

What can the Scholarship be used for: Scholarships can be applied towards your Student Loan, Tertiary Fees (including course fees and Halls of Residence fees) or other expenses relating to your study (including Laptop, Stationary, travel expenses etc). It is the preference of the Trustee to have payments made to a provider rather than an individual.

The Scholarship cannot be used towards the purchase of a car or cell phone.

How to apply: Complete the application form via Public Trust online Granting System ‘Smarty Grants’. A full application will require you to fill in the form and upload the required documents this includes providing academic details, proposed course of study, financial information, supporting documents.You can save the form as you go and log back in at any time to complete and submit before the extended date of 21st August 2020.

Terms and Conditions: The following terms and conditions apply:

  • The course of study must be delivered by a recognised Tertiary Institution and must be at least one year in duration
  • In most instances, payment will be made direct to the education provider on proof/confirmation of enrolment.  If you require part of the payment to allow you to purchase books, accommodation, computer or travel, this will need to be broken down and clearly shown in your application.
  • If a scholarship is awarded for more than one year, applicants will be required to re-apply annually for continuation of the Scholarship. This will be outlined to the applicant when the Scholarship is awarded.

The decision of the Committee is final and no further discussion will be entered into

Important dates

  • Applications are open from 8am on the 1st of July 2020 to 5pm on the extended date of 21st August 2020.
  • Applicants will be advised of the outcome at the Senior Prize Giving in November 2020.

Late applications will not be accepted

Continuation Scholarships: Where a Scholarship is awarded for more than one year future years are subject annually to Committee approval.   After the first year, and in order to receive further assistance, applicants are required to request continuation of the scholarship from Public Trust before 31 January each year. This request must include:

(a) A brief review of the previous year

(b) An outline of the intended study for the year ahead and

(c) Provide a brief update of current financial circumstances

(d) How you wish your Scholarship to be applied

(e) Previous year’s examination results and confirmation of re-enrolment.

The Committee reserves the right to:

  • Change the value of the award and continuation of the award.
  • Withhold the payment of any amounts due under the Scholarship in the event of unsatisfactory examination results, change in course of study or financial position or the misconduct of any person holding the Scholarship.

If you do not apply for a continuation before the 31st of January your Scholarship and future years Scholarships will be considered lapsed.

Contact us: Any questions should be directed to Public Trust either by emailing us at or calling us on 0800 371 471.

IMPORTANT: Please read the information below to assist you in completing your application online.

Step 1: Determine eligibility

  • Please ensure you have read the Trust’s criteria
  • If you are unsure if you are eligible to apply please contact us 

Step 2: Register or login to apply online

  • First time users will need to register.

Note: Please store your login details in a safe place for future reference.

  • Once registered, you can login to the system and start your application.

Step 3: Complete your Application

  • The application is best viewed/completed on a non-mobile device.
  • Complete all of the required questions – mandatory questions are marked with an *
  • Attach all required supporting documents.

Note: Attachments must be formatted either as PDF, Excel or Word.  Supporting materials cannot exceed 25MB in size, as files exceeding this will not upload.

Hint: Save your work regularly so it is not lost if you time out or lose your connection.

You can save your application at any stage and return to it later. Make sure the spell checker is switched on in your browser to prevent spelling errors.

Step 4: Review and submit your Application

  • When you are satisfied with your application press the review button to ensure that all required sections of the application have been completed (you must do this before the submit button is enabled).
  • Submit your application.

  Note: Once you have submitted your application no further editing or uploading of supporting documents is possible.

Step 5: What happens next?

  • You will receive an automated email confirming your submission with a copy of your application attached and information about how/when your Application will be assessed.  This will be sent to the email you used to register. 

If you do not receive a confirmation email then your Application has not been successfully submitted (don’t forget to check your spam email folder when looking for the email).

  • We will contact you if we require any further information to consider your Application.

If you need more help using this form, download the Help Guide for Applicants or check out Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

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