Scholarships

The Adastra Foundation has been providing scholarships to extraordinary young New Zealanders since 2007. In that time, the Foundation has supported hundreds of athletes and performing artists with more than $2m and dozens of customised mentoring programmes.

In mid-2022, the Board completed a strategic review of its vision and purpose and agreed to refine its priorities. It wanted to ensure that it provided support where it was most needed and to those exceptional young people who might otherwise struggle to achieve their dreams. As such, priority will now be given to exceptional young people who face financial or personal hardship.

Adastra will offer scholarships to extraordinary young athletes and performing artists (dancers and musicians), from Waikato and Bay of Plenty, who are facing hardship in their pursuit of excellence. Our programme includes a cash scholarship and personal development workshops, specifically designed for young adults aiming to be the best they can be – on and off their stage.

A key part of the Adastra ethos is a mentoring programme that includes personal development workshops with leading professionals in their field.

Adastra is grateful to be supported by Grassroots Trust, The Lion Foundation, TECT, The Brian Perry Charitable Trust, Craigs Investment Partners and the Merito & Hill Families. 

Supplementary Scholarships

 

For 2023, Adastra is delighted to offer two supplementary Scholarships.

We are excited to be able to offer Craigs Investment Partners scholarships. Craigs is one of New Zealand’s leading investment advisory firms. Their network of investment advisers are supported by an award winning research team to help clients achieve their investment goals. Achieving goals is important to the team at Craigs Investment Partners and they share that same passion for achieving investment goals with seeing young adults in the WAIBOP community achieve their life goals by pushing boundaries on the national and international stage.

We also offer 2 supplementary “Merito & Hill Family” scholarships. Initiated by Codi Merito, previous NZ representative BMX athlete and one of our Adastra alumni and Britt Hill, these scholarships are offered to 2 recipients who embody the values of Codi and Britt and show promise and drive in their endeavours.

Supplementary Scholarships are awarded after the standard application process (i.e. no further specific application is required).

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

Sponsors

The Adastra Foundation acknowledges the support of:

Our Supporters

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Our first workshop for 2024 is all done for the day.
We are incredibly privileged to have had the input from some epic individuals with immense knowledge and experience.

⭐️Julian Dean
⭐️Dom Vettise with Erik Panzer
⭐️Niwa Milroy
⭐️Jessie Smith
… you are all awesome!!!

Thank you to all our programme sponsors including special drop-in visits from past recipient, Sarah Young at TECT and Michael Lim of BDO.
Finally a huge thank you to Papamoa Surf Life Saving Club for a magic venue!

The Lion Foundation
Grassroots Trust
Craigs Investment Partners
Brian Perry Charitable Trust
Codi Merito
Construction Advantage
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Our first workshop for 2024 is all done for the day.
We are incredibly privileged to have had the input from some epic individuals with immense knowledge and experience.

⭐️Julian Dean
⭐️Dom Vettise with Erik Panzer
⭐️Niwa Milroy
⭐️Jessie Smith
… you are all awesome!!!

Thank you to all our programme sponsors including special drop-in visits from past recipient, Sarah Young at TECT and Michael Lim of BDO.
Finally a huge thank you to Papamoa Surf Life Saving Club for a magic venue!

The Lion Foundation
Grassroots Trust
Craigs Investment Partners
Brian Perry Charitable Trust
Codi Merito
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The Adastra Foundation

A bit of recipient action from the workshop. Some awesome interaction and sharing of experiences.

The room was bursting with talent!!
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A bit of recipient action from the workshop. Some awesome interaction and sharing of experiences.

The room was bursting with talent!!
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🙏 🙏 A HUGE WELCOME!! 🙏 🙏

This year we launch our 2024 programme with the support of two new trustees on our Board!
Fresh with enthusiasm, amazing experiences and a broad range of skills, we are delighted to welcome Honey Hireme-Smiler and Jenna Keane to our passionate Board of Trustees.

Honey and Jenna both have first-hand experience in competitive sport and support of developing rangatahi.
They will be influential in the design and delivery of our education, mentoring and workshop programme bringing a new perspective to the possibilities for personal development of our recipients.

Check out their bios on our website:
adastra.org.nz/about-us/

Welcome Jenna and Honey!! 😊
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🙏 🙏 A HUGE WELCOME!!  🙏 🙏

This year we launch our 2024 programme with the support of two new trustees on our Board!
Fresh with enthusiasm, amazing experiences and a broad range of skills,  we are delighted to welcome Honey Hireme-Smiler and Jenna Keane to our passionate Board of Trustees.

Honey and Jenna both have first-hand experience in competitive sport and support of developing rangatahi.
They will be influential in the design and delivery of our education, mentoring and workshop programme bringing a new perspective to the possibilities for personal development of our recipients.

Check out their bios on our website:
https://adastra.org.nz/about-us/

Welcome Jenna and Honey!! 😊Image attachment

Congratulations to 2024 Adastra recipient George Wyllie!!Congratulations to the following 20 athletes names as a part of the NZ Secondary Schools team who will partake in the 2024 Australian Track & Field Championships in Adelaide in April. Well done to all selected athletes. ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to 2024 Adastra recipient George Wyllie!!
4 months ago
The Adastra Foundation

Another longterm funder of Adastra is Grassroots Trust. We are incredibly appreciative of their ongoing support and look forward to our continued relationship in 2024.

🎄🙏 Thanks a million Grassroots Trust and many happy returns for a safe and happy summer holiday!!🙏🎄
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Another longterm funder of Adastra is Grassroots Trust. We are incredibly appreciative of their ongoing support and look forward to our continued relationship in 2024.

🎄🙏 Thanks a million Grassroots Trust and many happy returns for a safe and happy summer holiday!!🙏🎄
4 months ago
The Adastra Foundation

As we ready ourselves for the new scholarship year, we’d like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to another of our key funders!!

The Lion Foundation has been a long term supporter of Adastra and funds our management, education, mentoring and workshop aspects of the programme.
The recipients benefit from access to hugely knowledgeable presenters and offered opportunities over a broad topic base ensuring well-rounded learning to support their performance endeavour.

We are so grateful for the support of The Lion Foundation and are thrilled that our rangatahi will benefit from our relationship again in 2024.

🙏Thank you and Merry Christmas!!🎄
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As we ready ourselves for the new scholarship year, we’d like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to another of our key funders!!

The Lion Foundation has been a long term supporter of Adastra and funds our management, education, mentoring and workshop aspects of the programme.
The recipients benefit from access to hugely knowledgeable presenters and offered opportunities over a broad topic base ensuring well-rounded learning to support their performance endeavour.

We are so grateful for the support of The Lion Foundation and are thrilled that our rangatahi will benefit from our relationship again in 2024.

🙏Thank you and Merry Christmas!!🎄

So privileged to be receiving TECT support again for our 2024 programme.

… not long now before we announce next year’s recipients who will benefit from the TECT funding…!!!Congratulations to the recipients of TECT's November funding round.

$1,226,823 was approved for various community development initiatives around our region. Ngā mihi nui ki a koe!

Alzheimers Tauranga
Aquatic Survival Skills
ARGOS Gymnastics Club
Bay of Plenty Rugby
Garden to Table
Katikati Community Centre
Grow On Katikati
No3 District Federation of NZ Soccer Inc
Omokoroa Golf Club
Steam-Ed Charitable Trust
Surf Life Saving New Zealand
Tauranga BMX Club
Tauranga Womens Refuge
Te Puke Gymsport
Toi Kai Rawa Trust
Cancer Society Waikato/Bay of Plenty
BOP Multiple Sclerosis Society
Bay of Plenty Association for Deaf Children Incorporated
Brain Injured Children Trust
Citizens Advice Bureau Tauranga
Code Club Aotearoa
Grief Support Services
Literacy Aotearoa - Waikato/WBoP
Pāpāmoa Primary School
Tauranga Central Baptist Church
Tauranga Hockey
The Adastra Foundation
BB New Zealand
Epic Te Puke

To learn more about these community groups and how much funding they've received, visit: www.tect.org.nz/who-we-ve-funded/
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So privileged to be receiving TECT support again for our 2024 programme.

… not long now before we announce next year’s recipients who will benefit from the TECT funding…!!!

Where it all began, Brian Perry Charitable Trust, an initiative of the Perry Group is an absolutely integral cog in the Adastra wheel.

Supporting the programme with the backbone of commercial financial management and IT support coupled with a wealth of knowledge and professional experience, the funding and key people in Brian Perry Charitable Trust are hugely appreciated.
Plus in 2023, all of our Waikato recipients directly benefitted from our strong relationship with the trust.
Thank you to the “mothership” of BPCT and the Perry family for the years of belief in the talented youth of our region through the Adastra programme.

🙌🙌A MASSIVE hi-five ✋to all of you who contribute to this partnership!🙌🙌
Brian Perry Charitable Trust
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Where it all began, Brian Perry Charitable Trust, an initiative of the Perry Group is an absolutely integral cog in the Adastra wheel.

Supporting the programme with the backbone of commercial financial management and IT support coupled with a wealth of knowledge and professional experience, the funding and key people in Brian Perry Charitable Trust are hugely appreciated.
Plus in 2023, all of our Waikato recipients directly benefitted from our strong relationship with the trust.
Thank you to the “mothership” of BPCT and the Perry family for the years of belief in the talented youth of our region through the Adastra programme.

🙌🙌A MASSIVE hi-five ✋to all of you who contribute to this partnership!🙌🙌
Brian Perry Charitable Trust
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