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William Wallace Awards

History of award

The awards are named after William Wallace, who generously left a bequest to Child, Youth and Family. Mr Wallace (who died in Australia on 17 July 1989) left his residual estate to 'the neglected children's department or like institution of the Dominion of New Zealand'. Mr Wallace intended that these funds would be used to nurture children and young people in care, and help them develop their potential.


Anyone can nominate a special young person in care including:
• caregivers
• social workers
• school principals or teachers
• community workers

You can nominate a young person for the following awards;
• Tertiary Award: to help a young person go on to further study after school
• Vocational Award: to help a young person train for a career or buy equipment for sports or artistic pursuits.
• Leadership Award: to help a young person develop their potential through a course like Outward Bound.
• GSF Scholarship: This is a special scholarship for a young woman in the Wellingon region. This means she will live in Whanganui, Wairarapa and Wellington.


These awards honour outstanding young people in care, many of whom have overcome significant barriers and gone on to great achievements. The awards go towards helping the young person pursue their dreams of tertiary, vocational or leadership training.

• Any young person in Child, Youth and Family care, or in the care of iwi or child and family services; or
• Any young person who has recently come out of care when they turned 17
• Preference will be given to those who can take up the award in the following year.

Number of awards



Up to $4,000.00


One Year.

Closing dates

By nomination

How do students apply?

Fill out the nomination form online.

Further information available from

William Wallace Awards
National Office Communications
Child, Youth and Family
PO Box 1556
Wellington 6140

Additional information

Previous winners

All sorts of young people have won William Wallace Awards in the past, including young people who used the awards to:
• develop their talent for sports or the arts
• go on to university or learn a trade
• develop their potential
• buy equipment to help them pursue their passions.

Decision makers

A panel made up of representatives from Child, Youth and Family, Barnardos, Open Home Foundation, Fostering Kids New Zealand, and our corporate partners GFS, Vodafone, Sysdoc and Barnardos look at all the nominations. One young person who was a recipient of an award the previous year is also part of the panel.


Award recipients are honoured at a special ceremony hold in Wellington later in the year.


William Wallace Awards
Oranga Tamariki
PO Box 1556
Wellington 6140