Governance NZ

Vera Halligan Trust Study Grant


Applications are now closed for the 2020 Vera Halligan Trust Study Grant.

How to apply

All applications should be emailed to the Chief Executive, Linda Noble and include:

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


The Vera Halligan Trust provides grants of up to $1,000 to recipients in the Canterbury Province to:

  • Assist in advancing adult education at any Tertiary or University institution in Canterbury. The study grant is available to full-time or part-time students who are studying in their final or honours year towards a management, business or accounting degree or diploma
  • Assist students enrolled in the Governance New Zealand Professional Education Programme studying towards gaining Associate Membership
  • Applicants must ordinarily be Canterbury residents.

Application process

Applicants will be invited to attend a short interview with one or both of the Vera Halligan Trust Trustees at a date to be arranged. Every applicant will be advised of the results personally and the Award may be presented at an appropriate event in Christchurch.

2020 Vera Halligan Trust Award recipient

James McPherson

2019 Vera Halligan Trust Award recipient

Levana Jackson

Read about previous Vera Halligan Trust Award recipients

2017 recipient - Edze Bierema

Edze is studying a Bachelors of Commerce, with a double major of Economics and Finance, at the University of Canterbury. Following the ultimate experience of attending the Social Enterprise World Forum, and the accompanying exposure to experiences, people and opinions of an abundance of individuals and teams, he finds, "It is easy to lose the idea of why I am really attending University, it’s not so that I can get a piece of paper to validate my capacity and an incentive as to why I should be hired to fill a role. I am studying to attain greater knowledge, to construct a greater capacity to strive for my dreams." On completion of his Bachelors he intends to enrol in courses for a Bachelors majoring in Marketing and Management which he hopes to complete within an extra two years of studies, leaving with him with a Bachelors of Commerce having majored in four areas.

2018 recipient - Beini Guo

Beini is currently studying towards a Master of Applied Finance and Economics at the University of Canterbury following the completion of her Bachelor of Commerce degree which was undertaken at both the University of Canterbury and at the University of British Columbia, Canada. While completing her Masters degree, Beini is also working as as an investment banking analyst with Murray & Co, and additionally, is studying to become a CFA Charterholder. She hopes to take FIN650 Corporate Governance next year to strengthen her knowledge regarding corporate governance theory and practice.

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.