What the Trust Offers

The Winding Road Trust is a registered Charitable Trust established in 2007 to assist Canterbury students who are New Zealand Citizens or New Zealand Permanent Residents to stay at secondary school and to go on the complete an undergraduate degree. We award two scholarships a year. The Board selects up to six schools a year and invites those schools to submit applications. All applications are carefully assessed against our criteria and a short list of applicants is drawn up. Those applicants are then interviewed and two are chosen.

Students are required to have a high level of motivation and be achievement orientated. They must desire and be capable of achieving a tertiary degree. We offer a six year scholarship which covers three years at secondary school and three years of tertiary study.

  • Years 11 and 12 $500
  • Year 13 $750
  • University three years of $2000 per year

We believe in the continuity of support. Each scholarship holder is required to write a Personal Development Plan using a template provided by The Winding Road Trust. This is revised each year by the scholarship holder. The Chair visits each secondary school student once a year to review progress against the Personal Development Plan. The Trust seeks to support the student to achieve their own dreams by assisting them both financially and non financially.

To date in 2018, the Trust has had four students achieve the degree of their choice. Those students are now fully involved in the careers they have chosen and are leading full and active lives. We continue to support 12 students in 2018, some at secondary school with the remainder in tertiary studies.

Each year we host a lunch for past and present scholarship holders and supporters to allow all our students to meet and share their stories with each other. The Trust aims to build a family of like minded individuals who emerge as leaders and who are willing to give back to their communities.