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Cora Wilding Memorial Award

We want to help you reach your personal development goals!

Win up to $5,000 for a personal development training course or project that will benefit you and your local community


In honour of Cora Wilding, who founded YHA New Zealand in 1932, this award aims to motivate and inspire New Zealanders to pursue their goals and help their communities.

The Award is open to all New Zealand residents and is granted to a maximum of two individuals per year. Awardees will also receive a one-year YHA membership.

View 2019 Information Sheet


What kind of projects are we looking for?

In 2019 Robbie Francis received funds for an Institute of Directors short course, which will further help her effectively represent the diverse community she lives in.

The Award also funded Theo McIntosh to take part in an Outward Bound Mind, Body and Soul course, to help build the skills needed to take on leadership roles at his school and in sport. 

Read more about previous winners

How to Apply

Complete the online application form once applications open. Include a description of your proposed personal development course or project, including:

  • Why you wish to attend the course
  • How the course will allow you to serve your community
  • How your application aligns with Cora Wilding's intentions for YHA as per our Charitable Aims and Objects
  • If you have the means to undertake your course without this funding
  • Any further details that would assist the Awards Committee in making its decision

Submissions for 2019 closed on 30 June. Please check back in May 2020 for next year's Award dates.


Further Information 
  • There is no age restriction on who can apply
  • All applications received will be managed in line with our Privacy Policy
  • All applications are reviewed by the Awards Committee who will select the winner/s
  • The selected winner/s will be notified, generally by 31st July 2019
  • Fund are usually paid directly to the organisation running the training course or developing the project, and not to the applicant themselves
  • The winner/s agrees to provide YHA New Zealand with a summary of their experience and how it affected them, along with some photographs
  • The winner/s consent to YHA New Zealand using the information and photos they provide us for our website and in our Annual Report
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