GFS (Girls Friendly Society) Pasifika Scholarship
This scholarship is offered, via the Victoria University of Wellington Foundation, to a current Victoria University of Wellington Pasifika student (New Zealand citizen or permanent resident) enrolled in their first or second year of tertiary study.
GFS (Girls’ Friendly Society) was founded in London in 1875 by Elizabeth Townsend, to provide support and skills training for girls who came from the country to work in the city. The Society is non-sectarian but it is under the umbrella of the Anglican Church. GFS was established in New Zealand in 1881 by Lady Jervois, wife of the Governor-General. It grew to a network of branches throughout the country and specialised in the establishment of hostels for young women living away from home. With changes in society all the hostels eventually closed. Wellington is unique in New Zealand as it is the only GFS branch which retained the capital from the sale of property. The invested capital now funds scholarships which mirror the ideals of Elizabeth Townsend. The Society’s scholarships are ‘means tested’ - aimed towards students from lower socio-economic backgrounds and refugees where a large student loan can often deter students from pursuing tertiary studies.
This scholarship is for female, domestic Pasifika students under 25 years of age who are facing financial hardship and currently enrolled in their first year or second year of tertiary study. Scholarship offers are conditional on the recipient being fully enrolled in the year of tenure.
- Applicants must be female.
- Applicants must be domestic Pasifika students.
- Applicants must be under 25 years of age.
- Applicants must be currently enrolled at Victoria University of Wellington in their first or second year (100 or 200 level) of study.
- Applicants must be experiencing financial hardship.
A completed online application must be submitted by 4.30 pm on the closing date. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Any required supporting documentation (including references) must also be received by 4.30 pm on the closing date in order for the application to be considered.
Applications will normally open one month prior to the closing date. If no application link is provided below, check back again closer to the closing date. Contact us if you have any queries.
Scholarship specific documentation
- A personal statement
- Applicants must complete the financial section of the online application
An interview panel will include representatives from the Girls’ Friendly Society, the Office of the AVC (Pasifika), and a representative from Victoria University of Wellington.
Confirmation will be received by January.
The scholarship is comprised of up to $4,000 per year for three years. The $4,000 will be a contribution to course fees of $3,000 with an additional $1,000 for transport costs (subject to committee’s discretion) which is paid twice a year on evidence of receipts.
Regulations and conditions
- A completed online application must be submitted by 4.30 pm on the closing date. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Any required supporting documentation (including references) must also be received by 4:30pm on the closing date in order for the application to be considered.
- All offers of the Scholarship will be conditional upon the recipient being fully enrolled in a full-year programme (full-time will be at the level of points considered by Studylink as full-time) within the stipulated criteria and tenure of the scholarship. No payment of the Scholarship will be made until this condition is met.
- The Scholarship cannot be deferred to a later year.
- The Scholarship may be held in conjunction with other awards.
- Should the recipient withdraw from Victoria University of Wellington during the tenure of this scholarship or fail to achieve a satisfactory progress, partial repayment of the Scholarship will normally be expected. Recipients must advise the Scholarships Office if they intend to withdraw.
- Recipients are expected to act as Ambassadors for Victoria University of Wellington and participate in appropriate events or marketing if requested.
- At the discretion of the Deciding Authority, the application of the terms and conditions of the Scholarship may be modified in special circumstances or to avoid hardship to any candidate for the Scholarship.