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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.

Xavier Black is a top of her class in her Master of Business studies and is now embarking on a pursuit of a PHD evaluating the effects of poverty on cognitive function in relation to social services. Xavier has been accepted into Oxford University

Roimata Claasen is very committed to contributing towards creating more opportunities for her iwi, Ngati Porou using her experience of corporate law. She has gladly accepted entrance into Oxford University for a Master of Business Administration.

Florence Van Dyke will be using this scholarship towards a Masters of Laws at the University of California Berkeley. Florence has a keen passion for leading a Zero-Carbon change globally which is her main focus once she completes her Masters.

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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