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The Community Trust of Southland Sport Scholarships

History of award

The Community Trust of Southland was formed in 1988 when the Government gave the Southland community 100% ownership in Trust Bank Southland. The Trust retained ownership of the bank until 1996 when it was sold to WestpacTrust. This forms the basis of the fund that the Trust administers today. Funds are invested worldwide and produce a reliable income from which grants can be made for the community's benefit.


Celebrating achievement, recognising talent and encouraging engagement in sport. The Community Trust of Southland (CTOS) offers the Sport Scholarship to elite amateur athletes and officials.


To be eligible for a Sport Scholarship an applicant will need to be:
• A New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of New Zealand.
• An amateur athlete or official (such as a coach, manager, referee, timekeeper, judge or umpire).
• Currently residing in the CTOS area and have done so for three years or more. Consideration will be given to those who have left the province for study/ sporting endeavours - but whose immediate family still resides in the CTOS area.
• Selected or recognised nationally in a squad or team at NZ Representative level, and have a recent selection letter from their National Sporting Organisation (NSO).
• Affiliated to and endorsed by a Regional Sporting Organisation in the CTOS area.
• Applicants must be 15 years or above.

Number of awards



from $500 to $3,000


An athlete or administrator is eligible for one scholarship within a 12-month period (with the exception of those selected to attend Commonwealth Games and Olympic/Paralympics).

Closing dates

Considered Monthly

How do students apply?

Apply online.
Application Form

Further information available from

For further information, please visit our website at

Additional information

The amount awarded will be at the discretion of the Trust and factors considered will include level e.g. youth or senior and/or whether the event involves long-haul or short-haul travel.

Decision makers

The Sport & Recreation Subcommittee, after consideration of applications, will make a recommendation to a full board meeting of all Trustees, who assess each grant on its individual merits and in the context of other grants being considered within that grants round.

The Trustees' decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.


Successful applicants will be notified by email. Payment will be made by direct credit upon receiving presentation of receipts.

Conditions of acceptance

Recipients may be asked from time to time by the Community Trust of Southland to participate in activities that will benefit the community. This may involve school or role model visits, speaking engagements, passing on your knowledge to others in your field etc.

Recipients will be required to sign a contract with the Community Trust of Southland confirming their acceptance of the conditions of the scholarship.

Scholarships may be revoked if a recipient's behaviour is inappropriate or the recipient has breached the conditions of the scholarship. In such circumstances the Trustees at their discretion may require that part or all of any scholarship paid be refunded to the Trust.


The Community Trust of Southland
62 Don Street
Invercargill 9810
New Zealand
Phone: 0800 500 185