Applications for the 2019 year are now open! To download a copy of the application form please click here.

Bursaries are awarded both for academic study and vocational study.

Each Bursary will be awarded for up to three years and have a value of up to $4,000, with the period and amount dependent on the type and duration of study. 50% of the bursary is normally paid for the first year of study and the balance in equal instalments over the remaining period of the bursary.

Academic study is defined as an undergraduate degree course at Massey University, UCOL, Te Wanaga O Aotearoa or Inernational Pacific United NZ.

Vocational study is defined as study towards a degree, diploma or trade qualification at UCOL, Massey University, Te Wanaga O Aotearoa or International Pacific United Nz or an accredited Private Training Organisation and which is related to a qualification for a specified vocation.

Bursary candidates will be assessed based on a combination of factors including academic record, participation in cultural, sport or community activities, future leadership potential and financial need. A higher weighting on school academic performance will apply to applications for academic bursaries.

Bursary payments are made at the beginning of each academic year in February / March.


For the second time we have on offer, "The Central Energy Trust 2018 Supreme Award". This award will be presented to the outstanding application for the 2019 year. Trustees will consider academic results, leadership skills, sport and community involvement in making their decision. 

This Bursary is to the value of $15,000, $5,000 per year over a period of 3 years.

The winner will be announced at the Bursary Presentations in February/March 2019.

Note: The winner of the "Central Energy Trust 2019 Supreme Award" will not be entitled to the standard Bursary also.


Applicants for the bursary must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents, must reside in the Manawatu/Tararua region (the old CentralPower Electricity Trust Area) and be intending to reside and study in the Manawatu/Tararua region for the duration of their course of study. (See enclosed map)

Bursaries are reviewed annually and their continuation to the next study year is contingent on satisfactory academic progress and personal standards being maintained.

Applications will only be considered from students entering their first year of tertiary study in 2019.


For the 2018 year, 22 applicants were awarded Bursaries totaling $106,000.

Due to the high level of applicants the Trustees had a tough decision selecting 1 recipient for the Supreme Award, therefore awarding 2 Supreme Awards totaling $15,000 each. These were awarded to:



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