N.B. -- Please note: The Tracey & Marjorie Simpson Memorial Trust is no longer accepting applications (June, 2020).
The Tracey & Marjorie Simpson Memorial Trust
This Memorial Trust was established in 1993 with funds left to the NZ American Association by the Simpson family which is now recognised for its dedicated support for furthering relations between New Zealand and the United States, by an ongoing grants programme administered by the Trustees.
Funds are available from the Tracey & Marjorie Simpson Memorial Trust to provide grants towards education, study and travel, for qualifying activities associated with improving understanding and relations between New Zealand and the United States.
Study by approved applicants must be undertaken at duly accredited United States Universities and educational institutions.
The Admiral Byrd Scholarship Trust
The Admiral Byrd Scholarship Trust was established with surplus funds remaining following the completion of the Byrd Memorial on Mount Victoria, Wellington. The iconic memorial, which is now a prime tourist attraction in Wellington, was dedicated in 1962 and refurbished in 1993.
The Trust is able to provide support through its grants programme towards activities which build on and extend Admiral Byrd’s pioneering Antarctic research. Grants are available to approved applicants for activities including research and study relating to Antarctica.
There are five trustees for both The Admiral Byrd Scholarshp Trust and The Tracey & Marjorie Simpson Memorial Trust
To Apply, Grant Criteria, and AGM
Grant applications close on last day of January, April, July and October each year.
Trustees will meet at the end of the months of February, May, August and November each year to consider grant applications.
If no grant applications are received prior to the scheduled meeting, then no meeting of Trustees will be held.
The Trusts will hold an Annual General Meeting each year that coincides with one of the grant application meeting dates.
Grant Applications must:
Be in writing on the form provided (refer to following links).
Provide full details of proposed study and travel programme.
Provide a budget listing the costs of the proposed study along with details of how it will be funded.
Include a recent CV.
Include at least one referee.
Be from a New Zealand Citizen or permanent resident.
All recipients of grants must provide a brief written report outlining the course or study completed, the benefits and outcomes of the experience and (for the Simpson Memorial Trust) their experience of living in the USA.
Applicants must be prepared to be interviewed by Trustees in support of their application.
Consider each application in accordance with the objectives of the Trust.
Address the merits of each application and how it compares with the objectives of the Trust.
Inform the applicants of their decision(s) in writing within seven days of the meeting.
Grants are subject to the availability of funds, and each individual grant awarded will be limited to an amount not exceeding five thousand dollars ($5,000). Trustees may decide to make a grant contribution of a lesser amount than sought.
Twenty per cent (20%) of the amount of each grant approved will be withheld pending receipt of a satisfactory written report after the completion of the course of study or other grant activity.
No correspondence will be entered into following the decision by the Trustees.
Mail to: Trust Application, PO Box 2957, Wellington 6140, New Zealand