Scholarships

Māori & Pasifika Scholarships

The Aperfield Montessori Trust has set up scholarships for both Māori and Pasifika educators to study the Aperfield Montessori Diploma in Early Childhood Education Level 5 on NZQA Kiwiquals Register www.kiwiquals.govt.nz

Long Term Goal: To provide opportunities for Māori and Pasifika educators to participate within the Montessori teaching method, which has respect for the child as the base of its sociocultural philosophy.

Eligibility Criteria:
1.    Does the student have financial constraints e.g. out of work; limited work hours; change in financial circumstances. Students applying for scholarships based on financial need should clearly state in their covering letter how many hours per week they work.
2.    Does the student have health/personal issues that impact on their ability to work? Students who have overcome obstacles related to health, family, social, educational or economic disadvantages are encouraged to apply. Any circumstance that shows strength of character and potential for achievement should be stated in your covering letter.
3.    Does the student require additional support?
4.    Two referees’ reports are requested to support the application. At least one referee’s report must be written by a professional colleague/leader.

Prerequisites:
The student should ensure they are eligible to enrol and meet the prerequisites contained in the Aperfield Montessori prospectus.

How to Apply for the Māori & Pasifika Scholarship

The applicant  sources and acquires a certified copy of a document which proves your heritage as a Māori or Pasifika (a statement of Whakapapa, including date of birth, countersigned by a kaumatua) which you send with your application.

1.    Complete the Aperfield Montessori Diploma enrolment form in the prospectus.
2.    Complete the Māori & Pasifika Scholarship Application form.
3.    Write a covering letter applying for the scholarship and include:
•    How you meet the eligibility criteria stated above
•    A statement outlining why you wish to study the Montessori Method
•    Possible outcomes when you complete the Diploma i.e. what you intend to do once you complete the qualification
4.    Attach two referees’ reports on the required form.
5.    Sign the declaration.
6.    Ensure checklist requirements are completed.
7.    The scholarship will be awarded by the Aperfield Montessori Trust after considering the student’s application against the required criteria.
8.    The scholarship will provide 50% fees for each course (awarded by the Trust on a course by course basis). Recipients must complete each course of study before being considered for the next one. There are four Montessori courses and one Ministerial Module course, a practical workshop, practical and written examinations.
9.   Māori and Pasifika applications must be made on the nominated form and must be forwarded to:
The Executive Officer
12 Hillcrest Place
Christchurch 8042
Ph/Fax: (03) 342-9998
10.    The scholarship must be taken up and the course completed in the same academic year (or date allocated by the Trust).
11.    If an extension is required the student will be required to make the necessary payment.
12.    Continuation of a scholarship to subsequent courses within the Diploma will be conditional on satisfactory academic progress.
Please Note: Applications are open to New Zealand citizens or NZ permanent residents only and can be lodged at any stage of the academic year.

Founder’s Scholarship

The Aperfield Montessori Trust’s Founder’s Scholarship will enable selected students to advance their studies for the Aperfield Montessori Diploma in Early Childhood Education Level 5 on NZQA Kiwiquals Register www.kiwiquals.govt.nz

Purpose: To provide opportunities for Early Childhood educators who meet the required criteria to complete their Aperfield Montessori Diploma.

Eligibility Criteria:
1.    Does the student have financial constraints e.g. out of work; limited work hours; change in financial circumstances. Students applying for scholarships based on financial need should clearly state in their covering letter how many hours per week they work.
2.    Does the student have health/personal issues that impact on their ability to work? Students who have overcome obstacles related to health, family, social, educational or economic disadvantages are encouraged to apply. Any circumstance that shows strength of character and potential for achievement should be stated in your covering letter.
3.    Does the student require additional support?
4.    Two referees’ reports are requested to support the application. At least one referee’s report must be written by a professional colleague/leader.

Prerequisites:
The student should ensure they are eligible to enrol and meet the prerequisites contained in the Aperfield Montessori prospectus.

How to Apply for the Scholarship:
1.    Complete the Aperfield Montessori Diploma enrolment form in the prospectus.
2.    Complete the Founder’s Scholarship Application form.
3.    Write a covering letter applying for the scholarship and include:
•    How you meet the eligibility criteria stated above
•    A statement outlining why you wish to study the Montessori Method
•    Possible outcomes when you complete the Diploma i.e. what you intend to do once you complete the qualification
4.    Attach two referees’ reports on the required form.
5.    Sign the declaration.
6.    Ensure checklist requirements are completed.
7.    The scholarship will be awarded by the Aperfield Montessori Trust after considering the student’s application against the required criteria.
8.    The scholarship will provide 50% fees for each course (awarded by the Trust on a course by course basis). Recipients must complete each course of study before being considered for the next one. There are four Montessori courses and one Ministerial Module course, a practical workshop, practical and written examinations.
9.    Founder’s Scholarship Applications must be made on the attached form and must be forwarded to:
The Executive Officer
12 Hillcrest Place
Christchurch 8042
Ph/Fax: (03) 342-9998
10.    The scholarship must be taken up and the course completed in the same academic year (or date allocated by the Trust).
11.    If an extension is required the student will be required to make the necessary payment.
12.    Continuation of a scholarship to subsequent courses within the Diploma will be conditional on satisfactory academic progress.
Please Note: Applications are open to New Zealand citizens or NZ permanent residents only and can be lodged at any stage of the academic year.

Please Note: Applications are open to New Zealand citizens or NZ permanent residents only, and can be lodged during the Trust’s enrolment period 15 Oct -2 Dec for the next academic year and if places permit during the current academic year. Scholarships are awarded by the Trust and are dependent on the availability of funding.