The deadline for five tertiary scholarships offered by Rural Women New Zealand falls on Friday March 1, and education portfolio convenor Sue Higgins expects keen interest.
“Despite the current government’s firstyear fees-free policy, university remains an expensive experience for many rural students who do not have the choice of living at home to minimise expenses,” she said. “RWNZ is particularly concerned about the low rates of students graduating with agricultural-based degrees and the impact this will have on the development of New Zealand’s rural sector.
“By offering our support, RWNZ seeks to make university more accessible to young people living rurally, women and students over 25 who want to make a difference in their communities.”
The March 1 deadline applies to the Diamond Jubilee agricultural tertiary bursary, the text book grant for tertiary students, the RWNZ education fund and tertiary bursary, Details can be found at www.ruralwomen.org.nz
Other RWNZ bursaries and grants with deadlines later in the year include the secondary school boarding bursary and the Audrey Reid grant, aimed at helping students over the age of 25 to focus on subjects of benefit to rural communities.