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2022 Scholarship Winner

The Trustees of the Yvonne A M Smith Charitable Trust are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2022 scholarship is Julia van Eeden.

An undergraduate engineer from Invercargill working at the Tiwai point aluminium smelter. The scholarship will assist in enabling Julia to go to the University of Amsterdam to complete an Executive MBA.

Julia is passionate about developing high-performing teams in order to challenge businesses to make sound environmental decisions that will continue to give Julia a great source of fulfilment in her 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 $65,000, 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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