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Helen Graham Primary Industries Scholarship 2020

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at 5:00PM 27 November 2020 (NZDT).

Helen Graham Charitable Trust

Primary Industries Scholarship 2020

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

PLEASE NOTE: The Closing Date for Applications to be submitted has been extended to 5pm Friday 27 November 2020.

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

Helen Margaret Robertson was born in 1930 in South Canterbury. She trained as a teacher in Christchurch, eventually becoming a School Inspector specialising in science. She married Graham Robertson in the mid-1980s and moved to Levin to retire. By this time Mrs Robertson had developed Multiple Sclerosis. In 1992 Mrs Robertson established the Helen Graham Charitable Trust, the name being a combination of her own and her husband's first names. Mrs Robertson died in 1998.

Who is eligible: Current students of Horowhenua College, Waiopehu College, Manawatu College or Otaki College who are intending to advance their education in 2021 with an appropriate tertiary provider with a desire to take up a career in either horticulture, forestry, fishing, veterinary or environmental science.

The Helen Graham Primary Industries Scholarship will be awarded to applicants balancing career-specific/ merit-based and financial need-based.

How much funding is available:  A single Scholarship of $2,000 will be awarded for one year only.  There is no ability to request a continuation of the Scholarship in future years.

What can the Scholarship be used for: The Scholarship 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, stationery, travel expenses etc). It is the preference of the Trustee to have payment made to a tertiary 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 complete the form and upload the required supporting documents. This includes providing Academic Details, Proposed course of Study, Financial Information and Supporting Documents. You can save the form as you go and log back in at any time to complete and submit that before 5pm on the 27th of November 2020 (new extended date).


  • Applicants must be a current student of Horowhenua College, Waiopehu College, Manawatu College or Otaki College.
  • Applicants intend to advance their education at an appropriate tertiary provider such as but not limited to a University, Polytechnic, and or Training School within New Zealand.
  • The study must be started in the academic year of following the application.
  • Student must be intending to study in the Primary Industries field which must include papers pertaining to either horticulture, forestry, fishing, veterinary or environmental science.
  • The definition of Primary Industries field will be determined by the Trustee but is intended to have wide meaning.

Scholarship Terms and Conditions

  • The Trustee’s decision is final.
  • Decisions regarding the Scholarship is made on the basis of information provided in the application forms, supporting material and other enquiries.
  • The Scholarship is conditional on the applicant being enrolled at the education provider in a course of study as outlined in the application form.
  • The Scholarship may be approved subject to certain conditions. In such circumstances the funds will normally be held by Public Trust until the conditions have been met.
  • The Helen Graham Charitable Trust Advisory Panel reserves the right to withhold the payment of any amounts due under the Scholarship in the event of the misconduct of any person holding the Scholarship from time to time.

Important dates


  • Applications are open from 9am on 19 October 2020 to 5pm on 27 November 2020 (new extended date)..
  • Applicants will be advised of the outcome by 24 December 2020.
  • The decision of the Advisory Panel is final and no further discussion will be entertained.

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

Step 1: Determine eligibility

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

  • Late applications will not be accepted
  • 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.Hint: Save your work regularly so it is not lost if you time out or lose your connection.

Step 4: Review and submit your Application

  • 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.
  • Note: Format for attachments must be either PDF, Excel or Word.  Attachments in another format may not be considered. Supporting materials cannot exceed 25MB in size, as files exceeding this will not upload.
  • 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.

Step 5: What happens next?

  •  Note: Once you have submitted your application no further editing or uploading of supporting documents is possible.
  • You will receive an automated email confirming your submission with a copy of your application attached and information about how and 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 (remember 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 have any technical difficulties using the online SmartyGrants portal email  

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