ZESPRI Horticultural Scholarships

Closing date: Applications close at 5pm on 9 October 2020.
Value of Award: $10,000 tuition support
No. of awards: Two
Tenure: Each scholarship is tenable up to  two years only and is for those who have already completed one year of tertiary study. We’re looking for two students who are planning careers in the horticulture industry and preferably the kiwifruit industry. There’s mentoring and other opportunities as well.

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Horticulture’s ever-changing nature offers an array of exciting careers for young people to grow, innovate, and lead the industry forward in the future. Zespri is a consumer-driven, grower-owned company dedicated to global marketing. Our industry story is about world-leading science and innovation, continuous improvements in orchard management practices, and a commitment to supplying high quality, safe and healthy fruit to the world. As New Zealand’s largest horticultural exporter, Zespri is more than a leading global fruit brand; it coordinates an integrated marketing and supply system, comprising long-term partnerships between growers, post-harvest operators, port and shipping companies, distributors, wholesalers and retailers, all focused on delivering the highest-quality kiwifruit to consumers. Zespri employs over 500 people worldwide, generated sales revenue of 2.4  billion dollars in 2017/18 and sells in over 50 countries.

Zespri Horticultural Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students who are undertaking full-time tertiary study at a New Zealand University. A maximum of two scholarships are awarded each year to the value of $10,000 each ($5000 each year).  Recipients are also supported and mentored throughout their time at university as well as being given opportunities to network with industry leaders.


Selection criteria:

  • Achieve NCEA Level 3 with merit endorsement or higher. Pass your first year of tertiary studies with a B+ average or higher Be a New Zealand Citizen or a New Zealand Permanent Resident. Have registered in full-time tertiary study at a New Zealand University (or such other course approved in advance by Zespri) by 31 March in the year of the award. Provide examples of how tertiary study will support the development of the New Zealand horticulture industry. Demonstrate potential leadership skills, service to the community, and/or sporting activities. Be willing to contribute to the promotion of the New Zealand horticulture industry (such as school visits, career days etc.), if successful.

General Information:

How do students apply?
Applications are closed.  
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Decision makers
The scholarship will be awarded on the recommendation of the Zespri Scholarships Selection Committee.

How and when do students learn of the decision?
Applications will be reviewed and appli​​​cants will be notified of the success of their application by 29 November 2019. 

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Additional information
The kiwifruit industry offers a wide variety of careers, ranging from on-orchard, post-harvest, business skills, research and innovation, right through to working on shipping vessels.

Who else has information about this award?
Visit https://www.zespri.com/Pages/HortScholarship.aspx or email scholarships@zespri.com    


For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

Zespri International Limited

400 Maunganui Road
New Zealand

Phone: +64-7-572-7600

Email: scholarships@zespri.com

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