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31 October 2019

Commitment to education recognised through Trustee Study Award scholarships

Applications for the 2020 Trustee Study Award scholarships close on Friday 8 November, 2019. The awards, co-sponsored by Crombie Lockwood and Vero Liability, provide opportunities for members of New Zealand Boards of Trustees to pursue study and other self-development, either within New Zealand or overseas.

Introduced by the New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) in 1999, the Trustee Study Awards are an annual scholarship programme recognising the commitment that school trustees make to New Zealand’s education system. 

The awarded study programmes and projects are designed to be of significant benefit not only to each recipient, but to their community and school, and to the trusteeship in general. The study awards are available to those trustees on NZSTA member boards who are elected/selected, appointed or co-opted. The Trustee Study Awards comprise of up to five scholarships with a maximum value of $4,000 each. Having worked closely with schools for over 25 years to ensure they are comprehensively protected, Crombie Lockwood provides $10,000 worth of study grants annually as a contribution to the total Trustee Study Awards scholarship programme.

Ormiston College in Auckland where board chair Shireen was awarded a study grant

Ormiston College in Auckland where board chair Shireen Chetty was awarded a study grant

2019 Award recipients

Recipients of Trustee Study Awards during 2019 included Jennifer Miller, a parent-elected trustee at Pokeno Primary School, who received funding to extend her existing study on the social, economic and political impact of the rapid urban development in small and rural communities.

Katrina Beresford, a parent-elected trustee at Christchurch’s Cashmere Primary Te Pae Kererū received funds to attend the Boma Executive Programme, which promotes proactive action to understand, adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing future.

 Katrina’s particular focus has been on fostering leadership to drive change in schools and governance as well as challenging assumptions of the past.

The third Trustee Study Award recipient for 2019 was Shireen Chetty. Shireen, who is the parent-elected board chair of Ormiston Senior College in Auckland, was awarded a study grant to enrol in the Institute of Director’s intensive Essentials of Directorship course.

The series incorporates modules which assist in shaping directors in the ways of good strategy and governance practices.

School Boards of Trustees are the largest single group of crown entities in the country, accountable directly to the government and local communities for the quality of education in their school. Currently, around 18,000 people serve on 2,425 state and state-integrated school boards. Approximately 2,232 – or 92 percent – of school Boards of Trustees are NZSTA member boards.

A not-for-profit incorporated society with charitable trust status, the NZSTA has a contract with the Ministry of Education to deliver a fully integrated range of services free to all Boards of Trustees to support and enhance boards’ capabilities in governance and employment. 

Apply for a 2020 Trustee Study Award 

Applications for the 2020 round of Trustee Study Awards close on 8 November, 2019 with successful recipients expected to be notified at the beginning of 2020.

More details and an application form are available from NZSTA by email at govadvice@nzsta.org.nz or phone 0800 782 435.

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