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The Awarua Trust provides scholarships to tertiary-level students and grants to various community groups and organisations completing projects, mainly in the Morrinsville community or the Pacific Islands.

To be eligible for a grant or scholarship with Awarua Trust, you must be one of the below criteria;

Agricultural Education

If you are completing tertiary study relating to agriculture, animal health or food production you may be eligible for a scholarship.

Relief of poverty in the Pacific Islands

If you are of Pacific Island (particularly Solomon Island) descent and you are completing study in New Zealand with the sole purpose of returning to the Pacific Islands once your studies have been completed you may be eligible for a scholarship.

Christian Activities

If you are completing study that relates to Christianity you may be eligible for a scholarship

Morrinsville Community

If your study relates to Morrinsville history and the preservation of historical sites, information or artefacts you may be eligible for a scholarship

Scholarship Applications

Meet the criteria and want to apply for a scholarship?

Grant Applications

Meet the criteria and want to apply for a grant?

How grants are paid

The amount granted to a successful applicant is determined by the Trustees when considering the application. There are several factors which the Trustees will take into consideration when deciding the amount to be granted. Generally the amount granted will not be sufficient to cover the entire cost of your project. The grant will be paid to your nominated bank account shortly after you are advised that your application has been successful. Once you have completed your project, you will be required to provides copies of all invoices relating to the project and bank statements (evidencing payment of the invoices) to the Trustees for their records. You may also be required to present at a trustee meeting on your project or provide the Trustees with a written reference.

Alternatively, the Trustees may make a pledge to your or your organisation. This means that the Trust will grant the funds to you or your organisation, only when the balance of the funds required has been raised by you our your organisation. If the Trustees choose to make a pledge, you will be required to raise the balance of the funds within a specified time frame which will be decided by the Trustees.

Trustee Meetings

The Trustees meet once every eight weeks. When you submit an application you will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of the same and advising the date of the next Trustee meeting. The outcome of your application will be advised to you as soon as possible after the meeting. 

Application forms & queries

Application forms completed by hand can be posted to; PO Box 338, Morrinsville or email to

If you have any queries in relation to completing the application form, please email