The Ken and Elizabeth Powell Bursary

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Closing date: 31/03/2018   

This award arises from a bequest to Massey University by Ken and Elizabeth Powell. Ken had his own business and spent years correcting and calibrating precision equipment including aeronautical and survey equipment, levels and gauges. Elizabeth was a midwife and delivered thousands of babies. Both witnessed huge changes in technology in their work over their lifetime. Ken is quoted as saying “Technology has been at the heart of our lives and work and we want our bequest to give people enthusiastic about technology, an extra edge”. The purpose of the bequest is to provide financial support to students who are involved in the advancement of Technology at Massey University.

Tenure and value
The bequest shall be awarded annually, with the amount available for disbursement determined by the interest earned on the capital fund. The number and value of the awards will be determined by the Selection Committee, with each award having a value of up to $10,000 per annum.

Undergraduate Candidates must:
Have completed projects in the second or subsequent year and are enrolled fulltime in the subsequent year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), (please note: In the past, the trustees have expressed a preference for supporting technologies based on mechanical and electrical engineering) or
Have completed the second year and are enrolled in a subsequent year of a Bachelor of Design (Hons) and are enrolled or engaging in projects that are related to the advancement of Technology.

Postgraduate Candidates must:
Be enrolled fulltime in a project related to the advancement of Technology within the areas of Engineering or Design, or;
Be enrolled either part-time or fulltime in a project related to the advancement of Technology within the areas of Health, Nursing or Built Environment / Construction..

All Candidates must be New Zealand Citizens or Permanent Residents.

Selection criteria
Selection will be made on the basis of:
Academic merit;
Evidence of commitment to advancing the benefits of technology;
Evidence of good citizenship and leadership or community involvement;
Referees’ reports; and
Applicability and merit of proposed course of study in relation to the purpose of this award.

Responsibility for the award
The Bursary shall be awarded annually by the University Scholarships Committee on the recommendation of a Selection Committee consisting of the Chair of the Scholarships Committee (or nominee), academic staff members teaching in relevant areas of Technology, and the Executors of the Powell Estate.

Payment will be made in two instalments, and is subject to confirmation of enrolment. The first payment will be made at the time the bursary is awarded. The second payment in Semester two will be made subject to review of academic performance in Semester one. Payment is made following the official withdrawal dates for these semesters.

Conditions of the award
The Ken and Elizabeth Powell Bequest may be held concurrently with any other bursary or scholarship provided the rules applicable to the other scholarship or bursary permit the recipient to hold another scholarship.

The Selection Committee may refrain from making an award in the event of there being no suitable applicants.

Scholars may apply in successive years subject to meeting the eligibility criteria.

Closing date
The closing date will be 31 March.

Application forms are available from the Scholarships and awards website: (click the box at the bottom of this page) or from Massey Contact, Massey University, Private Bag 11-222, Palmerston North 4442, email

Completed application forms should be sent preferably as pdf to (hardcopy not required)

or post to
Scholarships Office
Massey University
Private Bag 11-222
Manawatu Mail Centre
Palmerston North 4442 by the closing date.

Courier Address: Scholarships Office, Massey University, Tennant Drive, Palmerston North.

All applications are acknowledged by email.

Applications will NOT be accepted more than 3 months in advance of the closing date.

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Log in to the student portal. Select the scholarships tab and choose ‘Make an application’.

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