Governance NZ

Vera Halligan Trust Study Grant

2017 & 2018 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

Applications

Applications for the 2019 Vera Halligan Trust Study Grant close Friday 30 November 2018.

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)

Criteria

The Vera Halligan Trust provides grants of up to $1,000 for each applicant in the Canterbury Province to undertake the Governance New Zealand Professional Education Programme and be admitted as an Associate Member; OR 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.

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.

History of the Trust

Percy John Halligan was a long-standing Fellow and Canterbury Branch Chairman who passed away in 1997.

He made a significant bequest to benefit members, or intending members, of Chartered Secretaries New Zealand (now known as Governance New Zealand) by setting up the Vera Halligan Trust in memory of his wife.