What is the scholarship programme?
Assisting health professionals in the Taranaki region by providing financial support during their academic years. The focus for the programme has been those health professions where there are known critical shortages. From an applicant perspective we identify applicants from rural locations, low decile secondary schools and those who identify as Maori. This ensures we have a demographic mix representative of the Taranaki region. There are two types of awards that are made annually:
- A financial award of up to $2,000 for the duration of the undergraduate degree that is subject to the recipient completing a minimum of a three week work experience placement, normally in their summer break. These offer students an opportunity to learn on the job within the health sector and practice the knowledge they gain through their studies. Building relationships with managers and their staff increase their networks and create mentors for them.
- A one-off financial award of $750 for that year of study only meaning the recipient must re-apply to the scholarship programme the following year.