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Academic Awards

Empowering through Education

The purpose of the Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust trading as Academic Dress Hire is 
to provide funds for the promotion, advancement and encouragement of education for women, either in research and professional activities, or artistic and creative activities.  

Each year, The KEECT funds approximately 110 educational awards totaling $600,000, predominantly for women.  Funding varies for each award from $2,000 up to $18,000 to assist with study expenses, fees or retraining.

The award selection process is overseen by an experienced Awards Committee and the approach is both academic and holistic, considering things such as financial need, whether the applicant is first in family to study, or any challenges they might have.

See what our past Awardees have to say here

FAQs about the Awards Programme 

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For closing dates and application forms for individual awards, please click on the links below to the relevant web pages. 

Please note for those applying through the AUT or University of Auckland Scholarships portals, applications usually open 6 weeks before the closing date.

Midwifery/Nursing Clinical Placement
Award in Memory of Ngaire Miller
1936 -2020


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Ngaire Miller was a passionate nurse, midwife, academic and nursing pioneer. During her career, she was instrumental in transforming nursing education and practice. In particular, was her work around supporting the move of ‘on the job’ hospital based nursing training to a tertiary based education model. This was a key milestone in developing nursing as a profession, and there are now 17 Nursing Schools in New Zealand where studies comprise of 50% theory and 50% practical experience (hospital placements).

Some of Ngaire’s education roles include being a tutor at the Central School of Nursing at Greenlane Hospital, an educator at the Wellington Polytechnic, and towards the end of her career, she was a senior lecturer at Auckland Technical Institute.

When Ngaire passed away aged 84, her family decided they would like to honour her memory with something that truly represented her passions in life – nursing and education. This newly funded award in Ngaire's memory is to assist students to carry out a 3-5 week practical placement in a rural or provincial location as part of their study for an undergraduate or postgraduate pre-registration degree in Nursing or Midwifery.

Applications are open to students studying at AUT, the University of Auckland, MIT, Unitec, Massey University Auckland & Wellington, Whitireia New Zealand and Victoria University of Wellington.

Value: $2000
Closing Date 15 November 2021

For regulations and application forms for this award, please click here.          

Academic Awards Programme
Tressa Thomas Retraining Awards Practicum First-Year Doctoral 
New Start Awards (for graduates of the UoA New Start Programme) Postgraduate Diploma Dame Dorothy Winstone Doctoral Completion
Foundation Awards (for graduates of an approved tertiary institute Foundation course) Bachelor with Honours Degree Post Doctoral Research
Practicum Master's Degree  
Bachelor with Honours Degree    

Click here for undergraduate Award Applications and Information

Click here for postgraduate Award Applications and Information

Click here for Doctoral & Post Doctoral Award Applications and Information


Vinka Marinovich Awards in Engineering 
Watercare/Ghella Abergeldie Engineering Award


Vinka Marinovich Awards in Music 
MacAndrew Award in Performing Arts 
NZ Contemporary Art Award


Māori/Pasifika Midwifery Award
Midwifery/Nursing Clinical Placement Award in Memory of Ngaire Miller


AUT Fashion Design Award
Westferry Property Services Rick Sowman Educational Award
Bed Bath & Beyond Employee Award
Bed Bath & Beyond MIT Award
Bed Bath & Beyond Manurewa High School Award

Please click here to view Discipline Specific Awards Information and How to Apply

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