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Eileen May Norris Dance Scholarship Trust 2020

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at 5:00PM 28 February 2020 (NZDT).

Eileen May Norris Dance Scholarship 

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

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

Eileen May Norris had a passion for dance. She was heavily involved with dancing and the arts in her local community. She also had a love for music and was a proficient piano player. The Eileen May Norris Dance Scholarships provides an opportunity for Miss Norris to give back to the arts and offer young dancers the means to continue to build on their talents.

Who is eligible? 

  • Applicants must be New Zealand born or naturalised citizens and shall be aged from 18 years and under 25 years of age (as at the closing date of applications). 
  • Applications must be from individuals only and the scholarships will only be awarded to a suitable applicant and not necessarily annually.
  • Applicants need to have demonstrated outstanding dance talent in New Zealand with an appropriate university, polytechnic, dance school or academy or for those currently dancing with a professional body or company. 

Those eligible to apply must be demonstrating the actual performance of dance as opposed to choreography and / or the study of dance.

How much funding is available? Up to two Scholarships will be awarded. Scholarships will be awarded for one year and be valued between $5,000 and $10,000. *The “year” can exceed a calendar year.

Application Requirements:

  • The application form be completed and submitted via Public Trust online Granting System.
  • A copy of your birth certificate or citizenship certificate is required.
  • The application is to be supported by the required documents including a CV, Two references, a Cover letter and an audition video
  • An overview of your course of study and or project, future career and occupation aspirations.
  • Your financial position including income, expenses and any other Grants or Scholarships applied for or received.
  • A proposal on how you intend on applying the Scholarship - timeframes, location and outcomes including an itemised budget (maximum 2 pages)

The proposed use of funds cannot solely be used for study (including research). Nor can it be used for a use for which study is the main component.  Consideration can only be used for supporting study as long as it relates to the practical aspect of dance and not for theoretical aspects such as the history of dance for instance.

Important dates:

  • Applications are open from the 1st of January 2020 closing 5pm on the 28th of February 2020.
  • Applicants will be advised of the outcome by the 30th of April 2020.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Contact us: Any questions should be directed to Public Trust to or  ph 0800 371 471.


Public Trust is the Trustee for the Eileen May Norris Dance Scholarship Trust (The Trust).  The following terms and conditions are applicable to all applications and may be varied from time to time by Public Trust.  

  • The Scholarship/s shall be known as the Eileen May Norris Dance Scholarship.
  • The value of each scholarship will be decided by the committee and may differ between applicants in any one year.
  • Scholarships may also include an appropriate allowance for living and incidental expenses.
  • Decisions made by Public Trust in relation to any scholarship matter will be final and the Trustee reserves the right to seek such information regarding the applicant from the institution(s) attended as they deem necessary in order to decide a scholarship.
  • The Committee reserves the right to withhold the payment of any amounts due under the Scholarship in the event of the misconduct or change of circumstances of any person holding the Scholarship.

All applications are considered by the Scholarship Committee. The decision of the Committee is final and no further discussion will be entertained.

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

Step 1: Determine eligibility

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: Our preferred format for attachments is PDF, Excel, Word or JPG.  Supporting materials cannot exceed 25MB in size, as files exceeding this will not upload.

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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)