Prime Minister'S Athletes' Scholarships, Massey University
About the Scholarships
The purpose of athlete scholarships is to enable emerging and talented New Zealand athletes' to concurrently pursue tertiary and vocational qualifications while pursuing excellence in sport.
At publication of guidelines the High Performance Strategy 2006-2012, targeted sports are :
athletics, cricket (men’s), bike, netball (women’s), rowing, rugby (men’s), yachting, swimming and triathlon.
World Class Athletes - athletes who are top 16 in Olympic sports, and top 8 in non-Olympic global sports that are not part of the Targeted Sports.
The Programme supports fees up to $10,000 and a living allowance of up to $4,000 per year to successful scholarship recipients. http://www.hpsnz.org.nz/
Gold Level Scholarship are available to high performance athletes who have retired or been de-carded.
2013 Eligibility Criteria
Terms and conditions
All recipients of a Prime Minister's Athlete Scholarship (PMAS) are subject to the conditions set out in the Prime Minister's Athlete Scholarship Guide [http://hpsnz.org.nz/sites/all/modules/filemanager/files/For_Athletes/2012_PMAS_Programme_Guide.pdf) regardless of whether they have read the guide.
It is therefore very important that you read and understand the Guide. The latest version of the Guide can be downloaded from SPARC's webpage for Prime Minister's Athlete Scholarships.
If you have any questions about how the Guide applies to you, please contact your Athlete Life Advisor or the PMAS Coordinator at your nearest NZ Academy of Sport (NZAS) Regional Operation. Although the Guide is the key document which applies in all circumstances, some of the main points are highlighted below.
A higher quality of service is provided to recipients, education providers and NSOs when the New Zealand Academy of Sport can gain immediate access to information relating to your course of study, final results and payment details. By agreeing you are providing consent for the New Zealand Academy of Sport to seek this information.
To be eligible for a PMAS, you must:
Be capable of impacting SPARC's high performance mission, 'Kiwi winners on the world stage';
Submit a complete application;
Be endorsed by your NSO leading up to and during the scholarship; and
Have met all athlete requirements whilst studying under scholarship in the previous 12 months, unless the NZAS agrees otherwise (athletes reapplying for a scholarship only).
Note: your card level as at 1 December will apply for the duration of your scholarship
A maximum of $10,000 per annum is available for academic fees. Tuition fees, student services fees, student association fees, overseas exam fees, extramural fees and building levy fees are eligible but not other fees such as late or penalty fees, books or accommodation. Note: If successful, the amount granted to you for the year will be up to, but not exceeding, the amount you calculate in your application. Fees are not paid at international student rates.
To be eligible for a living allowance you must be enrolled at all times in equal to or greater than 0.4 EFTS (equivalent full time study) per 12 month period or 0.2 EFTS in a 6 month period and comply with all athlete requirements (see below).
Once your Prime Minister’s Scholarship is granted, your academic fees will be paid directly to your Education Provider by the NZAS.
Once eligible, your living allowance will be credited to your nominated bank account.
SPARC reserves the right to:
Use images of recipients to promote the Prime Minister's Scholarship Programme at no charge, and;
Use recipients to promote the Prime Minister's Scholarship Programme at no charge (eg, presenting certificates at a Prime Minister's Scholarship awards ceremony).
Pass all courses/papers you are enrolled in, in each six month period;
Submit an online six-monthly progress report at the end of each 6 month period (due 1 July and 1 December each year);
Attend a full Drug Free Sport New Zealand - approved anti-doping seminar in the first 12 months in which your PMAS is awarded and once in every alternate year thereafter whilst on Scholarship; and
Meet any tax and income declaration requirements.
Non-Compliance with Athlete Requirements
Failure to meet all athlete requirements during a 12-month PMAS period will deem you ineligible to apply for a scholarship for the next 12-month PMAS period in which you study, unless the NZAS agrees otherwise.
Failure to comply with one of the athlete requirements in the first six month period will result in a deferred living payment situation. This means you will have your living allowance for the next six month period (while studying through the programme) reimbursed retrospectively only if all athlete requirements are met in this period.
If the NZAS considers repeated or serious non-compliance with the athlete requirements has occurred, you will be placed in a debt situation or removed from the programme.
Online applications are available from: http://www.hpsnz.org.nz/athletes/athlete-funding/prime-ministers-athlete-scholarships
Applications close 5 pm, 1 December each year.
If you have any further questions, please contact your Athlete Life Advisor or the Prime Minister's Athlete Scholarship coordinator at HPSNZ
Prime Minister's Scholarship Manager
Phone 09 477 5424
Mob: 021 768 882
Prime Minister's Scholarship Coordinator
Phone 09 477 5420
Application cannot be accepted before 01/09/2013.
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