The Trust has been at the forefront of recognising youth since 2010 with the establishment of a Study Fund at Victoria University of Wellington, awarding two monetary prizes and a scholarship for postgraduate research into the role of Parliament in the policy process and the wider community. This was extended in 2013 with the establishment of a scholarship at the University of Canterbury.
In 2015 the Trust established a Travel Assistance Programme for School Visits to Parliament. Providing assistance to bring students to Parliament to learn about how Parliament works is appropriate to the Trust’s status as an educational charity.
Following a 2018 review of our tertiary education funding programme, the Trust is currently sponsoring prizes in politics and public policy with four universities.
University of Canterbury
2018 Inaugural prize winner: Jessica Kikstra
2019 Eilish Elspeth
University of Otago
2020 Inaugural prize winner: James Heath
The inaugural prize winner is expected to be announced either at the end of 2020 or beginning of 2021.
University of Auckland
The inaugural prize winner is expected to be announced in the last quarter of 2020