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DEG Swadling - 2019 Scholarships (Agricultural and Music)

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at 5:00PM 30 September 2019 (NZDT).

Doris Swadling Scholarships

2019 Scholarships

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.

Public Trust is Trustee of the Estate of Doris Elizabeth Geraldine Swadling. The ‘Trust’ was established following Miss Swadling's death on the 22nd of June 1960.  Under her Will, the residue of the estate is to be held in perpetuity to provide Scholarships as follows:

 Music Scholarships

The advancement of musical education in the Taranaki Province whether by the Granting of Scholarships or Bursaries or other assistance to persons who are under the age of 21 years to enable or assist them to obtain musical training or education or by fostering in any other ways knowledge and appreciation for good music.

Agriculture Scholarships

The Granting of Scholarships or Bursaries or other assistance to persons who wish to become farmers and who are under the age of 21 in order tenable them to obtain further education or training in the kinds of knowledge or skills which should useful for them in farming pursuits.

Who is eligible: Students under the age of 21, who are New Zealand born or hold a New Zealand Citizenship who are intending to advance their education in 2020 with a appropriate tertiary provider with a desire to take up a career in the music or agricultural/farming industry.

The Agricultural and Music Scholarships will be awarded to applications balancing Career-specific/ Merit-based and financial need-based. A preference will be given to students from less well-off backgrounds.

How much funding is available:  A number of Scholarships will be awarded for each purpose. Each Scholarship will be valued between $2,000 and $5,000 each and be awarded for one year only.  There is no ability to request continuation of the Scholarship in future years.

What can the Scholarship be used for: Scholarships 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, Stationary, travel expenses etc.. ). It is the preference of the Trustee to have payments made to a 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 fill in the form and upload the required documents this includes providing Academic Details, Proposed course of study, Financial Information, Supporting Documents. You can save the form as you go and log back in at any time to complete and submit before 5pm on the 30th of September.


  • Applicants must be New Zealand born or naturalised citizens and be under 21 years of age (as at the closing date of applications 30 September). 
  • Permanently living within the region administered by the Taranaki Regional Council including New Plymouth, Hawera, Waitara, Stratford, Inglewood, Eltham, Opunake, Patea - At the time of making the application.
  • Applications must be from individuals only and the scholarships will only be awarded to suitable applicant/s.
  • Applicants are intending to advance their education at an appropriate tertiary provider such as but not limited to a University, Polytechnic, and or Training School and desire ultimately to take up a career in the music or farming industry.
  • The course of study must be for a minimum of one year (full-time) relating to the agriculture/farming industry either directly or indirectly.

Scholarship Terms and Conditions

  • The Trustee’s decision is final.
  • Decisions regarding Scholarships are made on the basis of information provided in the application forms, supporting material and other enquiries.
  • All Scholarships are conditional on the applicant being enrolled at the provider education provider in a course of study as outlined in the application
  • 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.

The decision of the Committee is final and no further discussion will be entertained.

Important dates

  • Applications are open from 9am on the 1st of September to 5pm on the 30th of September 2019.
  • Applicants will be advised of the outcome by the 31st of January 2020

Late applications will not be accepted.

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

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