Cora Wilding Memorial Award
We want to help you reach your personal development goals!
Applications are now closed for 2017.
The Cora Wilding Memorial Award is about helping young people reach their goals. The Award comprises a subsidy of up to $5,000. Funds go toward the cost of participation in a personal development training course or similar that will benefit the awardee as well as their local community. Awardees are also given a one-year YHA membership.
YHA New Zealand’s founding mission was to motivate and inspire young people to pursue personal development by exploring New Zealand and the outdoors. The Award reinforces that mission; it was established over twenty years ago to perpetuate the memory of Cora Wilding, who founded YHA New Zealand in 1932.
The Award is granted to a maximum of two individuals in any year.
How to apply
Applications for 2018 will open in May. If you'd like to apply, we'll want to know about you and your proposed personal development course:
- Why you wish to attend the course and how the course will allow you to serve your community.
- How well your application aligns with Cora Wilding's intentions for YHA as outlined in YHA's Charitable Aims and Objects.
- Do you have the means to undertake your course without this funding?
- How does your application align with the above points?
- Any further details that would assist the Awards Committee in making its decisions.
- If you would like, you may also upload a character reference.
Applications will be open from 16 May 2018 to 30 June 2018.
Past winners tell their stories
Gemma Black attended Outward Bound. Joanna Tao will represent Aotearoa at the 2018 United Nation's Climate Change Conference.
Hannah Overbye participated in Outward Bound's Mind, Body, Spirit course.
Scott Partridge took part in a youth voyage on the Spirit of New Zealand.
- 2012 - Chapman Kutia attended Outward Bound
- 2011 - Scott Dunn travelled to Finland as an exchange student
- 2010 - Michelle Payton and Catherine Winfrey took on part time study
To promote within New Zealand the education, health and well-being of people by providing encouragement and opportunity for the gaining of knowledge and awareness of:
- The culture of the countryside, towns, cities and peoples of New Zealand.
- The environment and the study of the same.
- The culture of other countries and peoples.
In furtherance of its charitable objects the Association shall provide hostels or similar accommodation, promote educational and recreational activities, facilitate travel and practice and promote environmental sustainability.