On Tuesday, 36 Whitireia students received scholarships from the Whitireia Foundation to assist with their 2021 studies.
The Whitireia Foundation is a volunteer-run trust, established in 1999. They aim to promote
knowledge, interest and support for the educational activities of Whitireia students. Donors, which are listed below,
are often big industry players who recognise the importance of vocational education as a pathway for New Zealanders into
The scholarships are awarded to students who are achieving in their courses but find themselves in a financial situation
which would impact their ability to study, and who showed enthusiasm and willingness to work hard to succeed in their
chosen field of study. The majority of scholarships awarded will be used for tuition fees or the materials needed for
Whitireia Foundation Chair, Kelvin Irvine says, “for many of the recipients, they will be the first in their family to
continue on to tertiary education, so having the support of the scholarship and the donor can be a powerful and even
Scholarship donors can act as mentors to the students, helping to prepare them for the workforce by working on CVs,
practising job interviews and helping them make connections within their industry.
“It is hugely satisfying to be able to help these deserving students so that they can complete the study that they had
set out to do, many face or have faced extraordinary challenges and the Foundation provides them with the support they
need to gain a qualification which can often mean a pathway to a better outcome for them, and often also their
families,” explains Mark Oldershaw, Chief Executive of Whitireia.
“The Whitireia Foundation trustees work throughout the year to grow the number of sponsors contributing to the
scholarship programme and thus grow the number of scholarships available to prospective students. This year, the
applications process attracted 95 applications and the value of the scholarships totalled close to $78,000.”
Sponsors can choose to donate to students studying a specific course, coming from a certain area, or generally at their
“The presentation of the scholarships is really the pinnacle of the year for the Whitireia Foundation,” says Kelvin. “We
work really hard to get both the donors and scholarship recipients in the same room so it was wonderful that we had such
a strong turnout on Tuesday and to see connections being made between the two groups.”
The Whitireia Foundation would like to acknowledge their generous sponsors:Alpha NZ LtdGee & Hickton Funeral DirectorsAtareiraGraduate Women WellingtonCampbell FamilyKirk-Burnnand FamilyCompass HealthMaude and MillerControlled Building ServicesNgati ToaEFTPOS VendingNikau FoundationElite ServicesOCSFord Sumner LawyersPorirua City CouncilFoster + Melville ArchitectsRed Wolf Security