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The Massey University Foundation Peer Scholar Award

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Closing date: 31/10/2020   

Focus
Current holders of Massey University undergraduate or postgraduate scholarships

Level of Study
Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Purpose
To support scholarship recipients that have demonstrated evidence, or proven potential, for excellence and leadership in both academic and non-academic pursuits to reach their scholarly aspirations and help others achieve theirs.

Value and Tenure
Peer Scholars will receive:
•An award up to the value of $6,000 with a tenure of one year
•A suite of personal development opportunities, in particular:
- Tailored coaching with a senior academic staff member
- Leadership training
- Strengths training
- Full day development opportunities with the peer scholars’ cohort awardees including an annual scholars’ retreat
- Peer mentoring
- Presentations from guest speakers
- Networking events
•Awardees will be provided with Massey University merchandise to support them in their role as ambassadors of the Scholars@Massey community

Typical Number on Offer
Up to 10 per annum

Eligibility
All applicants must:
•be based on the Manawatu campus
•have completed an equivalent of one full year’s study by the start of semester 1, 2021
•planning to enrol at Massey University for the year of the award:
- in both semester one and two
- either full-time or part-time (minimum of 45 credits)
•be current or recent holders of one of the following scholarships during their current programme of study:
- Massey University Vice Chancellor High Achiever with Distinction scholarship
- Massey University Vice Chancellor Excellence scholarship
- Massey University Undergraduate Scholarship
- Massey University Masterate or the Massey University Masterate for Māori scholarships
- Massey Scholars
- Massey Doctoral Scholarship or Massey Vice Chancellor Doctoral Scholarship

Selection Criteria
Applications are assessed based on evidence of or potential for excellence and contribution to academic and non-academic pursuits (leadership, community engagement and volunteering, and contribution in areas of interest such as sports, arts etc.). Applicants with a genuine interest in their own personal and professional development and with clear scholarly aspirations as demonstrated in the personal statement will be favoured. Applicants may be invited for an interview as part of the selection procedure.

Selection Panel
The selection panel will include members of the University Scholarship Committee or their nominees.

Conditions of the Award
Awardees are expected to be active members of the Scholars@Massey community and have a regular presence on campus. Awardees are required to participate in personal and professional development offerings. They are also required to contribute to the wider Scholars@Massey community through peer mentoring support and community events. On average, peer scholars will spend three hours per week towards their commitment to Scholars@Massey, including their own personal and professional development.
The continuation of the award will be dependent on students’ commitment to the Scholars@Massey program and continued enrolment at Massey University.

Closing date
31 October

Application Checklist:

•A personal statement including a description of your background, interests, values and scholarly aspirations (maximum 1000 words)
Questions to think about:
What are you passionate about and how is this reflected in what you do in and out of academia?
What achievements are you proud of?
What are your education and career aspirations?
How do you think being a Peer Scholar will help you achieve your aspirations?
What can you offer to the Scholars@Massey community?

•A curriculum vitae
•One academic reference
•One character reference

The referees should comment on your ability to take on a leadership role in the Scholars@Massey community, to manage competing priorities and to mentor and support other students.
We encourage you to share this webpage with information about the Peer Scholar award with your referees to assist them in writing their reference letters.

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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