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2016 Scholarship Winners

The Trustees of the Yvonne A M Smith Charitable Trust chose to award the scholarship this year to two equally deserving applicants.  The Trustees are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016/2017 scholarship is Rebecca Bonnevie who will study at Columbia Univieristy.

The Scholarship

The Yvonne Smith scholarship fund was set up in 1999 to encourage and promote women as future leaders of New Zealand business and society. The value of the scholarship may be as high as $60,000, which compares with the Fulbright and Rhodes scholarships. It is open to women of all ages giving preference to the subject areas of political studies, economics, business and law. The scholarship can also be held in conjunction with other awards.


The scholarship is awarded to the candidate who best exemplifies potential leadership in their field as well as demonstrating the potential to make a significant contribution to New Zealand.

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