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LW Nelson Junior Scholarship 2020

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at 5:00PM 6 November 2020 (NZDT).



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.

The LW Nelson Junior Scholarship was established in 1958 by Northland farmer and businessman Laurence William Nelson. The LW Nelson Junior Scholarship is managed and administered by Public Trust.

Junior Scholarships

This scholarship is for pupils living in disadvantaged circumstances and residing in remote areas.  The purpose of the scholarship(s) is to allow the pupil to attend boarding school at any school within the Trust funding region.

Who is eligible: Any pupil who wishes to attend boarding school within the Trust funding region, being the Northland Area, within the boundaries of the districts of Kaipara, Whangarei and the Far North. Preference will be given to applicants from Whangarei Boys’ High School and Whangarei Girls’ High School.

What can the Scholarship be used for: The successful applicant will be awarded an annual sum towards boarding fees for a period of three years.  Payment will be made directly to the School at the beginning of each school term.


  • The decision of the L W Nelson Board of Trustees will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Decisions regarding Scholarships are made on the basis of information provided in the application forms, supporting material and other enquiries.
  • As the purpose of the scholarship is to assist a student who would not otherwise be able to attend School as a boarder, other financial assistance available to applicants will be taken into account in deciding the successful applicant(s).
  • Payment of the scholarship is subject to confirmation of enrolment / attendance of each term.
  • The scholarship will be reviewed each year before the next year’s payment is made.
  • If a scholarship is awarded for more than 1 year, applicants will be required to re-apply annually for continuation of the scholarship. This will be communicated to the applicant when the Scholarship is awarded.
  • The criteria and conditions upon which the L W Nelson Board of Trustees award the scholarships may be changed from time to time as the Board sees fit.
  • Scholarships 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.

Important dates

  • Applications are open from 9am on 25 September to 5pm on 6 November 2020.
  • Applicants will be advised of the outcome by the 31st of January 2021.

Late applications will not be accepted.

The applicant acknowledges that the information supplied in this application may be made available to other parties in the course of enquiries regarding applications or in publishing the result of the Scholarship. Personal information collected will be held by Public Trust for the purpose of assessing applications for the Laurence William Nelson Scholarship. Individuals have the right of access to, and correction of personal information held about them.

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 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: 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.

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.

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