Help your child get up to $4000 towards reaching their goals

William Wallace Awards

Many young people in care have overcome significant barriers and gone on to achieve great things. The William Wallace Awards honour these outstanding young people, and provide help for them to pursue their dreams of tertiary, vocational or leadership training. You can download a nomination form here.

Minister for Children Anne Tolley says the awards have grown over recent years with a number of corporate sponsors offering additional scholarships.

“The William Wallace Awards are a good opportunity to recognise the achievements of young people in care or those who have recently come out of care,” says Mrs Tolley.

“I encourage caregivers, social workers and community representatives to nominate young people in care who are working hard towards their goals and aspirations.

“We know that many young people in care have to overcome significant challenges and trauma.”

“These awards help to recognise their achievements, and provide encouragement and support through a monetary scholarship towards tertiary study, vocational training or leadership development.”

Any young person in care – or who has recently come out of care – can win an award. And anyone can make a nomination.

There are 15 – 20 awards available each year, which value up to $4,000 each.

Tertiary award
To help a young person go on to further study after school.

Vocational award
To help a young person train for a career or buy equipment for sports or artistic pursuits.

Leadership award
To help a young person develop their potential through a course or programme.

Outward Bound Scholarship
To help a young person complete an Outward Bound course.

The Girls Friendly Society Scholarship
This is a special award for an outstanding young woman living in the greater Wellington region.

Read about past winners here. You can download a nomination form here.

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