Kiwirail Undergraduate Scholarship

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Closing date: 01/12/2017   

IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THE APPLICATION PROCESS IS BEGUN WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE CLOSING DATE.
Once you apply, the University and your named referees are contacted to provide relevant information. You must allow both the Scholarships Office and your referees time to complete these actions before the closing date. The University Scholarships Office cannot guarantee an immediate response to these requests.


The scholarships will be provided annually by KiwiRail under the conditions set out.

Eligibility
The scholarships shall be known as the KiwiRail Undergraduate Scholarships. Ten such scholarships shall be available each year.
Applicants for the scholarship must:
(a) be the daughter or son of a permanent employee of KiwiRail (as at 1 December in the year of application)
(b) be intending to enrol, or be currently enrolled, full time for a first undergraduate degree or diploma at a New Zealand university or polytechnic or college of education.

In making the award, the Selection Committee shall have regard not only to the academic ability of the applicant as evidenced by their performance in school examinations, but also to other factors such as character, qualities of leadership and contribution to cultural and/or sporting activities.

Value and Tenure
The value of each scholarship shall be $2,000, and each scholarship shall be tenable for one year. Payments of the scholarship emolument shall be made at such times and in such instalments as shall be determined from time to time by the NZVCC. This will normally be in two instalments.

Each scholarship must be taken up in the year in which it is awarded.

Scholars may re-apply for a second or subsequent award. However, priority will be given to those applicants applying for the first time.

The scholarship may be held concurrently with any other bursary or scholarship, provided that the rules of the other award allow for this.

The Selection Committee may permit the scholarship to be retained by a scholar who transfers to another New Zealand tertiary institution after commencement of an approved course of study.

Applications
Applications through the Universities New Zealand on-line application website just be submitted by 1 Decembert in the year prior to that in which the award is to be taken up.

The on-line application process will request and applicants must include on-line:
(a) A statement of the applicant’s proposed course of study;
(b) A statement explaining the reasons for application for the scholarship (approximately 300 words);
(c) The names of two persons from whom references have been requested. Suitable persons include teachers or lecturers under whom the applicant has recently studied, a member of the applicant’s iwi, hapu or a community group, or an employer or supervisor from either a voluntary or paid employment situation;
(d) Certified copies of academic records to date.

Year 13 Results: The NZVCC will obtain Year 13 exam results from NZQA. IB and Cambridge candidates must forward to NZVCC IMMEDIATELY a certified copy of their results by courier or fastpost as soon as they are received.

Selection
The Scholarship is awarded by KiwiRail on the recommendation of a Selection Committee comprising:
(a) The Chief Executive Officer of KiwiRail, or nominee;
(b) The Convenor of the Scholarships Committee of the NZVCC, or nominee;
(c) Up to two further nominees of the NZVCC, as required.
(At all times the Selection Committee shall reflect the EEO policies of KiwiRail.)

In determining the suitability of an applicant, the Selection Committee shall have regard to the applicant’s academic record, leadership qualities, sporting or cultural commitments and referees’ reports. The decision of the Selection Committee shall be final. If, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, no applicant of sufficient merit has applied for the award in any year, then the award shall not be offered in that year.

The selection committee’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into following the selection meeting.

Suspension or Termination
The NZVCC may at any time suspend or terminate any scholarship, or require the forfeiture of such proportion of the scholarship as the Committee may determine, if it is satisfied that the scholar is not diligently pursuing the approved programme or has failed to comply with any of the terms and conditions on which the scholarship was awarded. The scholarship shall be terminated and no further payments shall be made if a scholar ceases to pursue the approved programme.

Concessions
The Selection Committee, may, if it thinks fit, relax or modify the application of any of these regulations in any special circumstances or in order to avoid hardship to any scholar or applicant for a scholarship.

KiwiRail reserves the right to use the names, photographs and details of successful scholars for advertising purposes with their prior knowledge.

Application forms are available from:
http://www.universitiesnz.ac.nz/scholarships/kiwirail


Applications close 1 December.

Application cannot be accepted before 01/09/2017.

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