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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 

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

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

For any further enquiries or questions, email


The KEECT Resilience Award
in memory of Elizabeth Crannigan 

Value: $1,000

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Mrs. Elizabeth Crannigan was a much loved mother, grandmother, teacher, mentor, artist and friend. 

Her daughter Margaret is a long serving trustee on The KEECT board.  In this role, and as Manager of Scholarships and Graduations at the University of Auckland, Margaret knows all too well the sacrifices, hardships, and obstacles faced by many students during their studies.

Mrs Crannigan's teaching career was centred around helping those students who might otherwise 'slip through the cracks'.  So it is in her memory that Margaret and her daughter Laura have chosen to fund this special award to acknowledge the resilience of a Kate Edger Awardee in overcoming adversity to achieve their education goals.

Read more here: 

Value: $1,000
Awarded annually to a Kate Edger Awardee


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


Macandrew Award in Performing Arts 
NZ Contemporary Art Award
Women in Fine Arts Award in memory of Carol Schofield


Women in Business Award sponsored by Hilary Lewis


Vinka Marinovich Awards in Engineering 
Watercare/Ghella Abergeldie Engineering Award


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


Women in Law Award


Master of Music Therapy Award sponsored by Gattung Foundation 
Vinka Marinovich Awards in Music 


Women in Science Award in memory of Sylvia Tredwell


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
Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua Mana Wāhine Award 

The KEECT Resilience Award in memory of Elizabeth Crannigan

This special award in memory of Elizabeth Crannigan is given to a Kate Edger Awardee in recognition of their resilience and commitment to achieving their education goals.

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


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