Fund Details
Chalky Carr Scholarship
Award Amount


This scholarship is to support students at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury who have been affected by a cancer experience, either directly or through a close relative, and are striving for betterment. The intent is to assist such students who have limited financial support and in doing so make a genuine difference to them whilst they are undertaking their studies.

Value/Benefits: Financial assistance with the costs associated with university study, at a value of $5,000.

Level of Study: All levels

Closing Date: 11:59 pm (NZT) 31 October (Applications open approximately 8 weeks before this date.)

Tenure: One year

Number Available Annually: Two

Applicable Enrolment During Tenure: Full-time or part-time enrolment in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme over two consecutive semesters at the University.

Citizenship/Residency Requirements: Applicants must be citizens of Aotearoa New Zealand or holders of Aotearoa New Zealand residence class visas.

Special Requirements: Applicants must have been affected by a cancer experience, either directly, or through a close relative.

For more information, please read the regulations for this award: click here.

Application Information:

Applications are also considered from previous recipients of the scholarship, and such applicants are given equal consideration with new applicants.

Special Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must have been affected by a cancer experience, either directly or through a close relative. For the purposes of this scholarship, close relative is defined as an applicant's:
  • Child
  • Sibling
  • Parent
  • Current or former permanent caregiver
Selection will be based on:
  • effects of the cancer experience (either direct, or through a close relative) on the applicant's ability to undertake tertiary study; and
  • the applicant's pursuit of personal betterment, including education goals; and
  • financial need.
Before the Selection Committee makes its recommendation, candidates may be required to attend an interview conducted by the two trustees of the Chalky Carr Trust (or nominees).

Additional Information:

Kevin “Chalky”' Carr was born in the UK but lived in Ōtautahi Christchurch with his family for 20 years and was a former Royal Marine Commando. He was working as a Lieutenant Commander for the Royal New Zealand Navy at HMNZS Pegasus in Montreal Street when the catastrophic 22 February 2011 earthquake struck. Having gone into the city to do what he could to help, he was subsequently awarded the New Zealand Bravery Medal by the Governor-General for his "selfless actions and leadership that saved many lives and had a major impact on the outcome of the rescue efforts at the CTV building". A lifelong rugby fan, he subsequently got a job with the All Blacks as their logistics manager and was on tour with the team in June 2016 when he fell ill and was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Tragically, Chalky died in 2018. As his legacy he had created the Chalky Carr Trust, which raises money to help, in a very practical way, people who are bound together by a cancer experience.

Contact Information:

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      • School Leaver (First year undergraduate)
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            Application Closing Month
            • October
              Award Type
              • Any
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                Begin Accepting Applications Date:
                5 Sep 2022
                Deadline Date (NZT Time Zone):
                1 Nov 2022 11:59 PM