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Sir Robert Jones Scholarship in New Zealand 2021

Refugees as Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ) is requesting applications for the Sir Robert Jones Scholarship award program for university education in 2021.

RASNZ was founded in 1995 as a non-denominational, politically-unbiased and independent not-for-profit charitable organization. They are administered by an elected Board of Trustees and financed by the Ministry of Health, philanthropic establishments and donations from persons and the broader community.

The Sir Robert Jones Scholarship award helps young women from refugee backgrounds to finish a university degree program or tertiary education from an accredited tertiary institution. This charitable gift is for young women who wish to earn a tertiary qualification, but are denied the chance due to family situation.

The organization,Refugees as Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ), is New Zealand’s foremost mental health and welfare service for individuals from refugee backgrounds residing in Aotearoa.

Every day, individuals all over the world are forced to run from their homes, families and communities so as to protect their own lives and the lives of their loved ones. Disturbing events can affect refugees’ health and their settlement in New Zealand. RASNZ works to tackle these matters by offering holistic mental health and welfare support all through each person’s journey.

Their establishment was created in 1995 as a non-denominational, politically-unbiased and independent not-for-profit charitable organization. They are overseen by an elected Board of Trustees and financed by the Ministry of Health, charitable establishments and donations from individuals and the broader community.

RASNZ promotes programs and policies that respect and improve the health, welfare and human rights of individuals from refugee backgrounds. Refugees and individuals from related backgrounds will be afforded access to quality, ethnically responsive health services to assist effective resettlement in New Zealand.

They help and support refugees to get better from the shock of physical maltreatment and torture; they assist young individuals integrate through sport; improve road safety and run community groups where refugees get information on healthy ways of living. They provide long-term support for refugees to school, acquire qualifications and successfully add to the NZ work force. They have assisted hundreds of refugees begin new lives in New Zealand following horrific experiences of displacement, flight, violence and shock. Your support will allow them to continue this crucial humanitarian work.

Worth of Sir Robert Jones Scholarship

Tuition fees are covered in full, with hostel housing paid for two years of study if the candidate attends a tertiary institution away from their home.

Eligibility for Sir Robert Jones Scholarship

Young women from refugee backgrounds:

  • Aged 18 – 25 years
  • A permanent resident or national of New Zealand 
  • Already schooling at a New Zealand university or tertiary institution
  • Financial and/or personal hardship
  • Ability to succeed
    – Proof of a strong academic record
    – Proof of potential and inspiration to succeed at  university
  • Already schooling towards a Foundation Program or a university level degree program
  • Year 13 scholars are not qualified to apply as their first year of tertiary education will be free. See more information at

How to Apply for Sir Robert Jones Scholarship

  • Applications for the 2021 school session are now open.
  • Candidates will be shortlisted and interviewed by a committee comprised of academics and agents from RJH and RASNZ.
  • Referees will be gotten in touch with as required.
  • Proof of progress in an approved tertiary program of study will be needed before the Sir Robert Jones Scholarship being awarded.

What You Will Need

 You will need the following documents for your application:

  • An immigration document/letter which verifies your/your parents’ refugee-background standing
  • Your NZ permanent residency
  • Your academic records for the last three years
  • Your 2020 enrollments and results so far
  • A copy of your latest student stipend payment
  • written academic reference
  • written character reference
  • Your letter of application

Questions should be sent to: [email protected]

Application Deadline

The deadline for 2021 Sir Robert Jones Scholarship award applications is Sunday, July 5.

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