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George Powell Trust - 2020 Scholarship

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at 5:00PM 16 October 2020 (NZDT).

George Powell Trust

Public Trust (the Trustee) is the Trustee of the George Powell Trust. The Trust was established through the Estate of George Powell who passed away on 30 April 2003. An Order Approving a Scheme under Part II of the Charitable Trusts Act, 1957 was approved by the High Court on 7 April 2014.

Two scholarships are offered to students of High Schools in the wider Wanganui region to provide assistance for the undertaking of education in the fields of farming, agricultural and horticultural in New Zealand. Preference will be given to disadvantaged youth, whether it be disability, economic, geographic remoteness, or upbringing/family cirumstances.

The value of each scholarship is up to $10,000 per annum for up to 3 years.

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

Important dates

  • Applications open from the 1 September 2020 with a closing date of 16 October 2020.
  • Applicants will be advised of the outcome by the 30 November 2020.


  • Applicants must have attended one of the named Schools within the wider Wanganui region
  • The programme of study must be in a recognised tertiary institution and the course must not be less than one year in duration.
  • The course of study must be in the field of farming, agriculture or horticulture through theory and/or practical experience.

Please note

  • Each school named will review their applicants and put forward the two applicants, they believe the most appropriate, to the Trustee.
  • The Trustee will then choose the two scholarship winners from those applicants.
  • The Trustee's decision will be binding on all applicants.

Any questions should be directed to

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

Step 1: Determine eligibility

  • If you are unsure if you are eligible to apply or of the suitability of your funding request contact us on

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