Colin Aiken Plant Breeding Bursary

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Closing date: 01/08/2018   

The Colin Aiken Plant Breeding Bursary was established in 2015 to promote plant breeding as a career. It was set up in association with South Pacific Seed Sales (NZ) Ltd with funds provided by royalties from sales of the Super Kumi hybrid variety of kumi kumi in acknowledgement of the person who produced the variety, Mr Colin Aiken.

1. The Colin Aiken Plant Breeding Bursary shall have a value up to $1000 per annum and be open to undergraduate or postgraduate students at Massey University or Lincoln University studying plant breeding.

2. Candidates must be enrolled full-time at Massey University or Lincoln University, with preference given to those intending to pursue a career in plant breeding. Preference may also be given to New Zealand citizens, though students of other nationalities will be considered.

3. The bursary shall be awarded annually on the recommendation of the Applied Academic Programmes Scholarships Committee (Massey University) provided the applications are of sufficient academic merit, with selection involving consultation with a representative from South Pacific Seed Sales Ltd and/or an Aiken Family representative and plant breeding teaching staff. Only one bursary will be awarded each year. If no suitable recipient can be identified by mutual agreement then the Bursary will not be awarded that year.

4. In recommending the award of the bursary, the Applied Academic Programmes Scholarships Committee shall take account of other scholarships and bursaries held with a view to achieving a reasonable distribution of monies among qualifying candidates.

5. The Chairman of the Applied Academic Programmes Scholarships Committee shall inform Mr Aiken who has received the bursary each year.

6. The scholarship monies shall be paid in one instalment, in September, subject to good progress being made with the recipient’s studies.

7. Students who withdraw from their studies during the year in which the bursary was awarded may be required to repay a proportion of the money awarded to them.

8. Applications close with the Scholarships Office on 1 August in the year in which the award is to be made.


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

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