The Futures Fund

The St Paul’s Futures Fund provides financial assistance to students during their time at St Paul’s. Grants from the fund support students who excel in one or more of academics, sport, art, and/or service. Priority is given to families with genuine financial need who would not otherwise be able to enrol at St Paul’s. Preference is given to those who enrol at Year 9 for boys and Year 11 for girls.

Grants are generally in the vicinity of $2,000 – $10,000 per annum but are based on the financial situation of the family and the expertise of the applicant. Please note that a financial declaration is required as part of the Futures Fund Grant application.

To apply for a grant, applicants must first complete an enrolment form and attend an enrolment interview. A grant application can be downloaded from this page and must be submitted by the end of Term 2 in any given year. The Futures Fund Committee meets in August each year to consider applications, after which a small number of grants are awarded, with recipients being notified in September.

Grant categories

Academic Grant
An academic grant may be awarded to students who have excelled academically. Two Year 9 boys who perform impressively in the entrance test examination will be considered for a grant. Year 11 girls entering St Paul’s may also apply for an academic grant based on their school results. Financial needs will be prioritised.

Arts Grant
Awarded to a student whose involvement in instrumental music, choir, singing, debating, public speaking, drama or kapa haka has been of a sufficiently high level that they will confidently contribute to the arts at the school. Evidence of past involvement in bands, performance groups, Royal Schools, NZSB or Trinity Examinations, etc. is an essential part of the criteria for this grant. Financial needs will be prioritised.

Sporting Grant
A sports grant may be offered to young men and women who have excelled in their chosen sport. The applicant must be of outstanding all-round ability, and who, in the opinion of the committee, will make a major contribution to the general life of the school. Evidence of representative competition or involvement at a high level of the sport is an essential part of the criteria for this grant. Financial needs will be prioritised.

Distance Boarding Grant
Awarded to applicants whose normal place of residence is outside of the Waikato region and who intends to be a member of the school’s boarding community. The applicant must add value to one or more of the school’s values (academic, sport, arts, and service) and, in the opinion of the committee, will make a contribution to the general life of the school. A limited number of grants are available. Financial needs will be prioritised.

External bursaries

Donny Trust Agribusiness Scholarship
Awarded to one or two senior students who show a strong interest in agribusiness, live in New Zealand and may not have the financial means or accessibility to attend a school specialising in agribusiness. Applicants must have a strong academic record, good interpersonal skills, a passion for the primary industries and a desire to pursue further education and a career in the agribusiness sector. More details available here.

Boarding allowance – Ministry of Education The Ministry of Education provides boarding allowances to help students who live in remote areas or who face other barriers when boarding can help these students stay in education.If you have any questions about the application process please email or call the Ministry of Education on 04 463 8085 and see their website here.

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