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2021 Scholarship Winners

The Trustees of the Yvonne A M Smith Charitable Trust are pleased to announce that the winners of the 2021 scholarship are Jinny Leong and Rennie Qin.

Jinny Leong aspires to use economics to inform public policymaking and contribute to better outcomes for New Zealanders.  Jinny expects to undertake research to address topical economic policy issues and has been identified as a role model for young women to pursue a career in economics. 

Dr Rennie Qin will strive to carry on Yvonne Smith's legacy as a woman shaping the field of global surgery in the future through this scholarship.  The scholarship will enable Rennie to learn from the leaders in global surgery at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  Rennie hopes to gain a solid foundation in healthy policy and bigger picture thinking to incorporate into the health system management as a core component in her future global surgery career.

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 undertaking post-graduate studies in 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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