Governance NZ

Vera Halligan Trust Study Grant

2023 Applications opening soon!


The Vera Halligan Trust provides grants of up to $1,000 to recipients who ordinarily reside in Canterbury, other than for the purpose of study to:

  • A person who is studying full or part-time for any management, business or accounting degree or diploma;
  • A person who has worked or practised in the business management or accounting field for a period of less than two years; and/or
  • A person who is enrolled in the Governance New Zealand Professional Education Programme studying towards gaining Associate Membership

How to apply

All applications should be emailed to the Chief Executive of Governance New Zealand, Graham Hill and include:

  • Covering letter containing your contact details, your current course of study, and future study plans
  • Brief CV (2 pages)

Applications are particularly welcome from persons who can demonstrate hardship of a financial or personal nature.

2022 Vera Halligan Trust Award Recipient

Kate McIlroy (2nd from left) with Canterbury Branch Committee members Dr Denis Mowbray, Jodie Flowerday, Kate Reid and President Julie Hardaker

The recipient of this year’s Vera Halligan Trust Award is Kate McIlroy. The Vera Halligan Trust provides grants of up to $1,000 to recipients who ordinarily reside in Canterbury. 

Kate has just completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Finance from the University of Canterbury and will begin a Master of Applied Finance and Economics in February 2023. Twenty-year-old Kate was born and raised on a farm outside of Ashburton, but now calls Christchurch home since starting university in 2020.

Kate says of receiving the award, “The Vera Halligan Trust Grant means that I am able to undertake my post-graduate studies, something that I have always wanted to achieve. This will help me cover my living costs, so I am able to focus more on my studies.” 

On completion of her studies, Kate is keen to pursue a career within the Finance and Economics field, preferably in the banking sector or in an advisory role.

Congratulations on receiving the Award Kate and we wish you all the best for your studies and future career aspirations!

View gallery of past Vera Halligan Trust Study Grant recipients

History of the Trust

Percy Halligan was a long-standing Fellow and Canterbury Branch Chairman who passed away in 1997. His widow, Vera Halligan who passed away in 1999, made a significant bequest to honour her husband and the organisation which had been important to both of them for so many years. Their own memories of financial hardship while Percy was a student of our organisation prompted her to leave a bequest to provide financial support for tertiary students living in the Canterbury area though the Vera Halligan Trust.