Applications open for 2007 Scion Suffrage Centennial Scholarship

8 October 2007

Crown Research Institute Scion has extended the entry criteria for its annual Suffrage Centennial Scholarship. The 2007 scholarship has just been launched.

The scholarship is now open to senior female students resident in Rotorua attending secondary school in the Bay of Plenty region. Previously, entry was limited to those studying at Rotorua schools.

Applicants must intend undertaking an undergraduate course in 2008 in pure or applied sciences, which would benefit the forestry or biomaterials industries. Proposed study could include biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics and horticulture.

Dr Christine Todoroki, Scion senior scientist and a member of the judging panel, says a prime aim of the scholarship when it was first initiated was to give something back to the Rotorua community.

“This is still very much the case – this organisation has been based in Rotorua since 1947 and we are an important part of the local community,” she says.

“However, we recognised that as entry requirements stood, many girls living in the city and showing great potential in the sciences were being denied a chance to participate.”

The successful candidate will receive a contribution of $2,000 towards tuition fees. In addition she will have an offer of summer vacation work for the duration of her undergraduate studies.

“It is this work experience which is the real reward,” says Dr Todoroki.

“It is not often students get the chance to work alongside scientists in real laboratories and on real research projects. That experience is invaluable and a great addition to the successful candidate’s Curriculum Vitae.”

Created in 1993 as part of New Zealand’s centennial suffrage celebrations, the scholarship aims to promote science as an attractive career option for women. To date, Scion has helped 12 young local girls achieve their science ambitions.

Dr Julia Charity, senior scientist and another panel judge, has been involved with the scholarship for several years.

“It is really gratifying to see these young female scientists develop during the three summers they are with us,” she says. “It also exposes them to the fact that for many scientists every day is varied, challenging and fun!”

Details and an application form for the 2007 scholarship can be found on Scion’s website at The closing date for applications is Friday, October 26, 2007.