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Elieen May Norris Dance Scholarship Trust 2018

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at 5:00PM 31 March 2018 (NZDT).

Elieen May Norris Dance Scholarship Trust

Scholarship Terms and Conditions

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 as constituted.
  • One scholarship of up to $10,000 will be awarded annually
  • The value may differ from year to year and may also differ between applicants in any one year.
  • Scholarships may also include an appropriate allowance for living and incidental expenses.

Applications close on the 31 March annually. Late applications will not be accepted.

The Trustee will advise all applicants of the outcomes within three months of the closing date.


  • 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) A certified copy of your birth certificate must be included with the application
  • Applications must be from individuals only and the scholarships will only be awarded to a suitable applicant(s) and not necessarily annually.
  • Applicants will 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.
  • The year of the applicant’s project should be outlined in the application and the “year” can exceed a calendar year.
  • Those eligible to apply must be demonstrating the actual performance of dance opposed to choreography and/or the study of dance.


  • Each application must be supported by at least two references, one from the applicant’s dance teacher and another from a person qualified to make a judgement on the applicant’s potential for a career in dance and performance work.
  • Each application must be supported by a covering letter; two Curriculum Vitaes (CVs) (stating qualifications, employment history and any volunteer work), a budget and a two page project outline. One CV will be dance related and the other will be education based
  • Each application must be accompanied by two copies of audition videos either via weblink or DVD. The filming of the performance should not be altered or edited by using devices and not be incongruent with what is actually being executed. An eloquence in their particular area of dance study is required that is recognised nationally and internationally to be sufficient to equate with the standards of the chosen institution. The video's/DVDs must be auditioned by an appropriate judicator organisation not connected to the applicant. The DVDs become the property of the Trust and will not be returned to the applicant.
  • The project to be undertaken must relate to the applicant’s background and / or career plan.


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 Scholarship will be a one-off award to that successful recipient.
  • The Advisory Committee 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.

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 at

Step 2: Register or login to apply online

  • First time users will need to register.

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

Step 3: Complete your Application

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  • Complete all of the required questions – mandatory questions are marked with an *
  • Attach all required supporting documents (Full Applications only).

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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.

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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. 

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

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