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Massey Business School Future Leaders Scholarship 2013-2020

Develop your leadership potential

The Massey Business School (MBS) Future Leaders Scholarship aims to recognise and support future leaders enrolling in full-time undergraduate degrees, who have a previous record of leadership and high academic achievement.

Tenure and value

The Future Leaders Scholarship is offered annually and comprises $10,000 towards tuition fees, and ongoing scholar development opportunities over the duration of the three-year programme enrolment, including:

  • 1:1 Faculty mentoring
  • Peer mentoring
  • Leadership training sessions
  • Community service

20 scholarships are offered annually, with the goal to award at least 25 per cent to students of Māori and Pasifika descent.

Previous Scholarship recipients

Rose Fitzmaurice

Rose Fitzmaurice
Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Arts
2015 recipient

"One of the best things about getting the Future Leaders Scholarship has been the people I have met and the connections I have made through receiving the award. It put my name out there and was the beginning of a huge amount of opportunities that have presented and leveraged off each other, and that have made my Uni experience worthwhile.

The opportunities and personal development that stemmed from receiving the Future Leaders scholarship, combined with my academic achievement, meant that I was able to secure a marketing internship this year with Massey Business School.  I guess I’ve done a full 360 back to where it all began.

Something I would say to other students about considering applying for scholarships is just do it. You may as well try, and if you succeed, you’ll be presented with invaluable experiences and you’ll even get some free money you can use toward your Uni experience!"

Lachie Davidson and friend carrying rugby trophy

Lachie Davidson
Bachelor of Agricommerce 
2016 recipient

"With some prior leadership roles as Head Boy at Ashburton College, the Future Leaders scholarship resonated with me not just for the financial benefits but also for the opportunity to be involved in a development program that would advance my prior skills and put me in an environment to meet other like-minded people. 

Over my three years at Uni there have been a number of highlights.   One that stands out would be my exchange to the University of Wisconsin in the United States which I did in my second year with fellow Future Leaders recipient Ben McColgan.

I would encourage anyone with a desire to be a leader at university and in their future job to apply for the scholarship as the opportunities that come from it are endless and the experiences gained are hugely valuable."

Varoon Nair

Varoon Nair
Financial Analyst, Rocket Lab USA
2013 recipient

"My interest in Massey University sparked when I was in Year 13 and got selected for a student enterprise programme. I loved the environment and also the friendliness of the lecturers mentoring us.

Following this first interaction, I successfully applied for a Massey Business School Future Leaders scholarship. With the help of our accounting lecturer, I set up the Massey University Accounting Club where I was responsible for decision-making, planning and organising events, and also built relationships with academics and accounting bodies.

This was an amazing experience of self-discovery that took me outside my comfort zone. Through the experiences and connections I made, and being actively involved while at Massey Uni, I was able to secure a great job in the field I was studying in. Massey Uni has played an important role in helping me get to where I am today. It provided me with the skills I needed to be able to add value to an organisation."

Emily Bartlett

Emily Bartlett
Bachelor of Business
2018 Recipient

"This is my first year studying at Massey University on the Albany Campus.  I went to Pinehurst School in Albany for seven years and graduated in 2018, and I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Business, majoring in accounting. 

Winning the Future Leaders Scholarship gives me an opportunity to meet with fellow recipients and participate in leadership development workshops - exploring how to become a better leader.   What’s really exciting for 2019 is that the scholarship can be put towards doing a student exchange, which I think will be extremely beneficial. 

I’m enjoying University life so far, joining clubs such as the Tabletop Club, Movie Club and Academic Toastmasters Club as well as trying to take part in the many events that university has to offer.   Following university, I hope to pursue something either in the accounting field or a career that combines my love for business, dance and musical theatre. My three goals for my future career are to do something I love, be able to travel, and be able to give back to the community."

Shannen Frear

Shannen Frear (Ngati Kahu)
Bachelor of Business
2017 recipient

"I grew up in a small town north of Kerikeri named Totara North and attended Kerikeri High School - I like to say I was raised by the sand and sea.  I heard about the Future Leaders scholarship through my school careers advisor and was pushed to apply by my Year 13 business teacher.  It was important to express who I really was and stay true to myself when I applied, and I’ll never forget the moment I received the congratulations email -   a very special moment for me and my family.

The Future Leaders scholarship help me immensely financially, but also boosted my confidence in the university environment and opened many other doors that would lead to future success.  The Future Leaders program trained me in many areas of leadership and has helped me to develop skills that will benefit me as I journey through life.  Being awarded this scholarship pushed me to apply for others and encouraged me to give back to the university.  I’ve volunteered for the Albany Student Association and have been a Halls of Residence representative, which again led to many other opportunities and connections. I am forever grateful for what this scholarship has given me."


Mathew Lee

Digital Marketing Executive - AA New Zealand Head Office
2013 recipient

"Being awarded a scholarship shows that you know how to take initiative and accept opportunities that are given to you. This will make you stand out in the large pool of candidates in the job market before or after graduation.

When people ask me what was so great about Massey, the first thing I always say is ‘the people’.  The continuous opportunities and support both the lecturers and the kind staff members offer help you realise your potential.  All you have to do is accept and commit. 

With the Future Leaders scholarship, your commitment and the support of the Massey family, I believe your path to endless possibilities is set.  Why hesitate?  This can be your first step to making the most of great opportunities."