Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship Trust

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Closing date: 01/09/2018   

Criteria and Terms.
Soroptimist International is an organization of women in Management and Professional roles working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women. Worldwide there are approximately 100,000 members in 125 countries. On the international level Soroptimist International has Category 1 Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

As well as striving for human rights for all people and advancement of the status of women, the objects of Soroptimism include service at local, national, and international levels and the promotion of international understanding, universal friendship and the culture of peace.

Betty Loughhead, MBE., JP. After whom this scholarship is named, was the first New Zealander to hold the position of President of Soroptimist International. A position she held from 1983 to 1985.

The Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship has been established to assist women intending to pursue an educational programme for the purpose of gaining a qualification that will enable them:
o Entry into the workforce.
o A change in occupation.
o Further qualifications in the occupation in which they are already employed.

Who can apply?
Women who:
"Are New Zealand citizens.
"Are enrolled in an NZQA approved education programme that is to be undertaken in NZ.
"Have a proven record of academic achievement.
"Will use the scholarship in the year for which it is awarded.
"Are at least 25 years of age on September 1st in the year of application’.
"Are prepared to participate in Soroptimist promotional activities should they be successful in their application for a scholarship.

Application forms and Criteria, may be obtained from email from June 1st each year.

An application form can also be downloaded from our website at:

Applications for the Scholarship open 1 June and close on the 1 September each year.

Applicants will be notified of the Trustees' decision in December.

The Trustees will have sole discretion to grant awards and will determine in their discretion the award amount and number of successful applicants, and the terms and conditions applying to each award.

Scholarship application

Current students

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

Prospective students

You must complete the admission process before you can apply for a scholarship. Read the section for Prospective students on our How to apply page.

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