Zespri Horticultural Scholarships

Zespri is providing up to $10,000 towards tuition fees for two outstanding current university students to support their studies towards a career in the horticulture industry. This could include degrees in science, management, marketing, nutrition or business for example. The scholarship also includes opportunities to be involved with the kiwifruit industry.

Interested?

What you get:

  • Up to $10,000 ($5000 per year for two years) towards tuition fees.
  • Opportunities to be involved in the kiwifruit industry

Who should apply?

Anyone who has completed at least one year of tertiary study and is aspiring to a career in the horticulture industry.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Zespri Horticultural Scholarship you need to:

  • Pass NCEA Level 3 with merit or higher.
  • Pass your first year of tertiary studies with a B+ average or higher.
  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
  • Give examples of how your study will benefit the horticulture industry.
  • Provide examples of your leadership skills, community service and/or sporting or cultural activities.

How to apply

The application window is now open and applications must be submitted to scholarships@zespri.com no later than 5pm 30 September 2018.

Click here for the online application form.

More information

For more information email scholarships@zespri.com

Recipients

2017 recipients

Meet our 2017 scholarship recipients Alex Tomkins and Fergus Chinnery.

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Alex Tomkins (left)

Studying: Bachelor in agri commerce, majoring in international agri business.
Best thing about the kiwifruit industry: “Even though I haven't grown up on an orchard or lived on one, they're all around me in the Bay of Plenty. My dream job is to work in a primary industry, to be a CEO in the future, putting New Zealand products on the world stage.”

Fergus Chinnery (right)

Studying: Science degree majoring in biotechnology and cell and molecular bioscience.
Best thing about the kiwifruit industry: “There’s been massive development in the new varieties like the red kiwifruit, that’s something that really interests me. And I definitely don’t like the taste of kiwifruit so one day, hopefully I can make some I do like to eat.”


2016 recipients

Our 2016 scholarship recipients were Georgia Cook and Libby Bradley.


Georgia Cook (left)
Studying: Bachelor of Science majoring in Human Nutrition.
Best thing about the kiwifruit industry: "It's so wide, from engineering to law like Libby's doing, through to dietetics - I had no idea the kiwifruit industry was such a big industry, bringing together so many people. It's really nice to be recognised and for Zespri to think I'm worth backing and supporting - it takes a long time to earn that amount of money."

Libby Bradley (right)
Studying: Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Commercial Law.
Best thing about the kiwifruit industry: "Horticulture and kiwifruit definitely have big futures," Libby said. "Our school and whole community is based around kiwifruit orchards and I've definitely learned how much a good kiwifruit season can help the community, in so many ways like sponsorship and employment.” 

2015 recipients

Our 2015 Zespri Horticultural Scholarship recipients were Lizzie (Elizabeth) Boyle and Jack Keeys:

 

Lizzie Boyle (left)
Studying: A Bachelor of Science majoring in food science and minoring in marketing.
Best thing about receiving a Zespri scholarship: ‘Getting to see what the horticulture industry is all about; how large it is and how the different aspects combine together.’

Jack Keeys (right)
Studying: A Bachelor of Business Management Studies and a Bachelor of Science.
Best thing about working in the kiwifruit industry: ‘The exciting thing about the kiwifruit industry is that it has a strong foundation but it still has massive growth opportunities.’

Check out more career options in the horticulture industry here»