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Step Higher Award

History of award

The Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme was introduced by the University of Waikato in
2005 and provides a pathway for developing future leaders by fostering excellence and leadership.
First established in 2012, the Step Higher Award represents the crucible of theHillary Scholarship
Programme as an aspirational and challenging goal for Sir Edmund Hillary Scholars who are
leading by example and giving back to their community.
The Award promotes leadership excellence and provides a unique experience for Sir Edmund Hillary Scholars which is intended to inspire them to go on and make a difference in the worl
 

Purpose

Step Higher Award winners trek through the Khumbu Valley, Nepal, a stunning part of the Himalayas and the pathway to Mount Everest. The Khumbu Valley is where the real Sir Edmund Hillary legacy can be seen, with schools, hydro projects, bridges, an airport and hospital all bearing the Hillary name – many of which are supported by the Himalayan Trust.The two/three week trip involves visiting many of these projects and connecting with Sir Ed’s legacy as well as the values associated with his efforts and the Hillary Scholarship. Each Step Higher Award winner is required, as part of the Award, to raise $1,000 for the Himalayan Trust prior to leaving for Nepal
 

Eligibility

Applicants must demonstrate commitment to the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme by continually meeting the requirements of the three pillars of the Scholarship. In particular, applicants must demonstrate leadership excellence, defined as ‘engaging others to strive for shared goals that positively impact the community’.
 

Number of awards

Up to four

Value

Total value of each award offered shall be to a maximum of $3,750.

Tenure

1 year

The Award will cover the recipients’ travel, tour costs, accommodation, insurance, vaccinations and visa costs.
However, any additional costs outside of the specifics of travel to the Khumbu Valley will be at the expense of the Scholar.

Closing dates

30 April 2021
30 April 2022
Applications close on 30 April annually.

How do students apply?

Applications closed on 30 April 2020.
Along with the prescribed online application form, applicants mustsubmit: a Personal Statement that clearly articulates the following:
• How you exemplify the values of the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme in terms of the three main pillars:
- Sport or Creative/Performing Art performance
- Leadership performance
- Academic performance
• How you exemplify the values of Sir Edmund Hillary himself
• Why you want to go on the trip to the Khumbu Valley in Nepal and what you would want to get out of the experience a CV (maximum four A4 pages); and a reference in support of your suitability for this Award from a referee who can attest to your qualities in line with the sport/art, leadership and academic performance criteria for this Award
Regulations
Scholarship Page

Further information available from

Contact
Scholarships
Te Mata Kairangi School of Graduate Research
The University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105, Hamilton 3240
New Zealand
Phone +64 7 858 5096
Email scholarships@waikato.ac.nz
 

Additional information

Other Conditions

Recipients of the Award will plan details of their trip and expenses in advance with the
University of Waikato High Performance Student Scholarship Manager. Once these details have been approved by the Chair of the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme Executive, all travel arrangements will be made in conjunction with the University’s preferred travel agent, Orbit Corporate Travel.
The Award may be held with any other bursary, scholarship or award, unless the conditions of the other funding preclude this.
The Scholarships Committee may terminate an Award at any time, and recoup any funds awarded, if it is satisfied that the recipient is not complying with the expectations of the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme and/or the regulations governing the Step Higher Award  or the University of Waikato. Recipients may appeal against any decision to terminate an Award.
By accepting an Award, recipients agree to participate in any events and publicity concerning the Award, including a presentation to the Himalayan Trust and the Hillary Scholarship Programme upon their return
from Nepal.

 

Decision makers

Selection Panel

The Selection Panel will comprise of the Chair of the Scholarships Committee, the University of Waikato High Performance Student Scholarship Manager, a representative of the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme
Executive,and a representative of the Himalayan Trust (or their nominees).
The Selection Panel is likely to give preference to senior Hillary Scholar.
The Selection Panel will cons ider the applications and develop a short -list. Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview with the Panel.
The Selection Panel may refrain from making any recommendations if it finds no applicants of sufficient merit.
The Selection Panel’s decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into following the selection meeting.
 

Notification

Awarding

Al l applicants will be advised by email of the outcome of their application.
Successful applicants must be willing to promote and share their stories with other University of Waikato students and agreed persons.
Successful applicants must be enrolled at the University of Waikato in 2019.
Recipients are expected to take a leadership role in meeting a fundraising target of $1,000 each for the Himalayan Trust. They can achieve this through leading fundraising activities as approved by the High Performance Student Scholarship Manager.
 

Conditions of acceptance

Successful applicants must be willing to promote and share their stories with other University of Waikato students and agreed persons.
Recipients will be expected to take a leadership role in meeting a fundraising target of $1,000 each for the Himalayan Trust. They can achieve this through leading fundraising activities as approved by the Hillary Programme Manager.
Recipients will be expected to undertake their trip in February in the year following the granting of this Award.
Recipients will be expected to undertake their trip in February in the year following the granting of this Award.

 

Contact

Scholarships Office
University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
Hamilton
3240
Phone: +64 7 838 4489
Email: scholarships@waikato.ac.nz
http://www.waikato.ac.nz/research/scholarships/