Sasakawa undergraduate scholarships

Opening date: 1 June
Closing date: 1 September
Value: $2500 in year 1; $500 in years 2,3,4
For: students of Japanese at any NZ university

Background and purpose

In 1995, Massey University received a generous endowment from the Sasakawa Foundation of Tokyo, now the Nippon Foundation, to fund a programme for the enhancement of Japanese Language Education and Japanese Studies in New Zealand. This programme is called the Sasakawa Fellowship Fund for Japanese Language Education.

The fund offers scholarships to students who are enrolling full-time for a first undergraduate degree in Japanese language, or Japanese language conjoint with a second degree. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage top students to continue with their Japanese study at tertiary level and to consider combining it with another discipline. Preference will be given to those studying a conjoint degree or a double major, but not at the exclusion of those who are studying a Japanese specific degree.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates must:

  1. Be under 20 years of age in January of the year of application.
  2. Have entered for NCEA Level 3 and/or Scholarship Japanese (or their equivalent) within three years of the year of application (NB – exceptions may be made for students who have gained entrance to university directly from Year 12)
  3. Be New Zealand citizens or have New Zealand permanent residency status.
  4. Be beginning a course of study that will enable them to complete a major (or the equivalent of a major) in Japanese.

Value and tenure

  1. The value of each scholarship shall be $2,500 in Year 1, and $500 in Years 2, 3 and (if applicable) 4. Each scholarship may be held for up to three years provided that the scholar continues to make satisfactory progress with his/her studies. An extension of a further year may be made where the scholar is undertaking a four year course.
  2. Payment shall be made in two instalments during the year, the first upon receipt of results for Semester 1 and the second upon receipt of results for Semester 2.
  3. Each scholarship must be taken up in the year in which it is awarded.
  4. The scholarship may be held concurrently with any other scholarship or award provided the rules of the other awards allow this.
  5. The Selection Committee may permit the scholarship to be retained by a scholar who transfers to another New Zealand tertiary institution after commencement of a course of study.
  6. It is recognised that in some cases of conjoint degrees, there will be years in which there is no room in the programme for Japanese courses. The scholarship will be suspended in those years, but picked up again when the programme of study allows for the reintroduction of Japanese.

Selection criteria

Up to five scholarships will be awarded annually. In making these awards the following factors will be considered:

  1. Academic ability as evidenced by performance in the applicant's secondary school examinations.
  2. Ability to demonstrate initiative, enthusiasm for study, self-confidence and an achievement orientation.
  3. Future leadership potential as demonstrated through significant contributions to community and/or non-academic school activities.

Closing date and required supplementary documentation

Application forms must be received by the Sasakawa Programme Co-ordinator by 1 September.

Applications must be accompanied by:

  • Certified* proof of NZ citizenship or permanent residency (e.g. relevant page from passport, or birth certificate)
  • NCEA (or equivalent) results in the form of either:
    • A copy of your School Results Summary
      • Use your personal details to log in to the NZQA website
      • Go to 'my school entries and results'
      • At the top-right corner of this page go to 'View as PDF'
      • Download the PDF to your computer, and
      • Email the PDF to sasakawa@massey.ac.nz
    • A certified* copy of your results in an equivalent examination (e.g. Cambridge etc.)

* Please note: You can have these copies certified by taking them, with the original, to a JP or your school principal, or your Japanese language teacher. The certifier will sign that they are a true copy of the original.

References

You will need to approach two people to act as your referees for this scholarship application. One should be a teacher, who can comment on your work abilities, and the second should comment on your character, leadership qualities and so on. You should:

  1. Ensure your referees have read the ‘Instructions for Referees’ information below.
  2. Ask referees to email their references directly to sasakawa@massey.ac.nz by 1 September.
  3. Ask referees to state their relationship to you, for example teacher, family friend, etc. in their references.
  4. Stress to your referees that their references will be completely confidential to the Selection Committee.
  5. not attach references to your application. They must be emailed directly to the Co-ordinator by the referee.

Instructions for referees

Thank you for agreeing to act as referee. In making their selection of scholars for the Sasakawa Undergraduate Scholarship, the Selection Committee looks at the following factors:

  1. Academic ability as evidenced by performance in the applicant’s secondary school examinations.
  2. Ability to demonstrate enthusiasm for study, self-confidence and an achievement orientation.
  3. Future leadership potential, as demonstrated through significant contributions to community and/or non-academic school activities.

It is recognised that you might not be able to comment on all of the above factors but it would be helpful to the Committee if you could keep this list in mind as you frame your response.

Please email your reference to Naomi Collins (sasakawa@massey.ac.nz) by 1 September.  

Personal reminder checklist

  • Have you arranged to have your proof of NZ residency or NZ citizenship (passport or birth certificate or equivalent) certified and emailed to sasakawa@massey.ac.nz by 1 September?
  • Have you arranged to have your qualifications (NCEA or IB or equivalent) certified and emailed to sasakawa@massey.ac.nz by 1 September?
  • Have you arranged for two referees to email references to sasakawa@massey.ac.nz by 1 September?

Online application form

Applications are now being accepted for the Sasakawa undergraduate scholarship.

Online application form

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