Adastra is delighted to offer Scholarships to extraordinary young athletes and performing artists (dancers and musicians), from Waikato and Bay of Plenty, striving for success on the national and international stage. Our programme includes a cash bursary and personal development workshop, specifically designed for young adults aiming to be the best they can be – on and off their stage.

Up to 80 Scholars are supported each year, meeting specific criteria and performance standards given below.

Bursaries are typically $1,000 to assist with performance-related costs. The personal development workshop is an authentic, informative, inspirational and FUN experience immersed for 2 days at the Podium Lodge and Avantidrome in Cambridge.

Adastra is grateful to be supported in this regard by Grassroots Trust, The Lion Foundation, TECT and The Brian Perry Charitable Trust.

Supplementary Scholarships

For 2021, Adastra is delighted to have a supplementary Scholarship fund available.

  • The Tanner Adastra Scholarships are gratefully supported by Jon and Sue Tanner, outstanding patrons of Waikato and Bay of Plenty sport and performing arts, and champions of young adults’ opportunity. Hailing from Waikato, they are generous with their time, money and energy to help others develop their skills, and reach the highest level, without leaving home. Along with the personal development workshop, Tanner Adastra Scholarships of $1,250 will be awarded to 4 young hockey players or performing artists (dancers and musicians) with additional financial need.

In each case, the Supplementary Scholarships will be awarded by the Adastra Trustees after the standard application process (i.e. no further specific application required), with assistance from the Tanner Family.

The Supplementary Scholarships come with standard Adastra reporting requirements, plus further responsibilities to the patrons, such as reasonable personal appearances and performance updates.


Please note the following guidelines before submitting an application:

  • Awards are available to athletes and musicians
  • Candidates should be between the ages of 16 – 23
  • Candidates must be New Zealand citizens
  • Candidates must be resident in the Waikato/BOP region
  • Candidates must be representing a Waikato/BOP club (if relevant)
  • For applicants that have received scholarships in past years, consideration is given to previous engagement in the programme

*The trustees reserve the right to award scholarships to candidates who fall outside these criteria.



Are you:
  • A holder of any recognised music qualification(s)?
  • Enrolled in a tertiary institution to study music?
  • Considered to have the potential or to be amongst the best in your chosen area of music?

While NCEA curriculum achievement in music will be noted, more emphasis will be placed on involvement and success in the co-curricular programmes such as Smokefreerockquest, Play It Strange, Pacifica Beats, Battle of the Bands, Lexus Song Quest and the like.

2021 Adastra Programme*

  • $1000 Scholarship
  • Mentoring Workshop
  • Personalised Assistance & Support

* Up to 80 programme places (funding dependent) 

2022 applications will be open between the 1st and 31st of August, 2021.


Are you:
  • A leading sportsperson in your discipline?
  • Winning national titles in categories well above your age group?
  • Demonstrating outstanding dedication and positive attitude towards achieving goals?
  • Committed to your chosen sport with clear long term goals





The Adastra Foundation acknowledges the support of:


The Adastra Foundation acknowledges the support of: