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Siga Siga Scholarship

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

Siga Siga Trust

2021 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.

The Siga Siga Trust Scholarship is established under a deed of trust settled by a past pupil of Otago Boys’ High School (the late Mr William Eric George Finlayson) and is administered under regulations made pursuant to the trust. Funds to cover the scholarship come from the Siga Siga Trust Fund. “Siga” is intended to represent “sigma iota gamma alpha”. The meaning of the word is “slowly” and, when repeated, “by and by”.

Who is eligible: The Siga Siga Trust Scholarship is only available to present or past pupils of Otago Boys’ High School. Applicants must be New Zealand born or naturalised citizens and be at least 16 years old as at the closing date of applications 16 October 2020. Applicants must be intending to advance their education at Otago Boys’ High School or an appropriate tertiary provider such as, but not limited to, a university, polytechnic or training School. The course of study must be for a minimum of 1 year (fulltime) and can be in New Zealand or overseas.

Preference will be given to scholars who are:

  • without one or both parents or
  • sons of returned servicemen or
  • able to demonstrate a need for financial assistance.

How much funding is available:  Funding is available for up to $50,000 per year. Scholarships will be awarded between $3,000 and $15,000 per year for up to 3 years.

What can the Scholarship be used for: In most instances, payment will be made directly to the education provider on proof/confirmation of enrolment. If you require part of the payment to allow you to purchase books, accommodation, computer equipment or travel, this will need to be itemised and clearly shown in your application.

Applicants attending Otago Boys’ High School: Payment of a scholarship where the student will be at Otago Boys’ High School the following year will be paid directly to the school unless otherwise requested by the parents or caregivers.

Applicants attending tertiary education: Payment of a scholarship where the student will be attending a tertiary provider the following year will be paid as directed by the scholar, at the trustees’ discretion, either towards their student loan, tertiary fees or other expenses.

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 fill in the form and upload the required 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 before 5pm on 16 October 2020.


  • Applicants be a present or past pupils of Otago Boys’ High School.
  • Applicants must be at least 16 years old as at the closing date of applications, 16 October 2020.
  • Applications must be from individuals only and the scholarships will only be awarded to suitable applicant/s.
  • All scholarships are conditional on the applicant being enrolled at the education provider in a course of study as outlined in the application.
  • The course of study must be for a minimum of 1 year (fulltime) and can be in New Zealand or overseas.

Scholarship Terms and Conditions

  • Applications must be submitted online. Please visit the Public Trust website at
  • Decisions regarding scholarships are made on the basis of the recommendation of the Otago Boys’ High School Rector, the information provided in the application, supporting material and other enquiries.
  • The trustee’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The trustee 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.
  • 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 1 September to 5pm on 16 October 2020.
  • Applicants will be advised of the outcome by the 31st of January 2021

Late applications will not be accepted.

For the purposes of the Privacy Act 1993, 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 results of scholarships approved. Personal information will be collected and held by Public Trust for the purpose of assessing applications to the Siga Siga Trust. 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.

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)