Fund Details
Chrystabel L Aitken Scholarship for Fine Arts (School-Leaver)
Award Amount


The purpose of this scholarship is to support students in the School of Fine Arts who face financial challenges that would prevent them from considering entry to tertiary education, and to assist with costs associated with Art History field trips for students.

Value/Benefits: Financial assistance at a value of $1,000

Level of Study: School Leaver (First year undergraduate)

Closing Date: 11:59 pm (NZT) 15 August (Applications open approximately 8 weeks before this date)

Tenure: One year

Number Available Annually: One

Applicable Enrolment During Tenure: The scholarship is tenable during full-time enrolment in the first year of a programme for an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts

Citizenship/Residency Requirements: Must be a citizen of New Zealand, or hold a New Zealand residence class visa

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

Special Eligibility Requirements:

Selection will be based on:
  1. quality of achievement in NCEA Level 2, or equivalent qualification; and
  2. interest and potential in Fine Arts practice, and/or Art History, and/or Art Theory; and
  3. financial need.
In selecting between candidates of equal merit, female applicants are given preference.

Additional Information:

The fund was established in 2005 from an endowment under the will of Chrystabel Laurene McArthur, the artist known as Chrystabel Aitken (1904-2005).

Chrystabel Aitken had been a student of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury, where, in 1925, she was awarded the School Medal for "Special Excellence in Modelling". At the time of the establishment of the fund, this was the only time the annual medal had been awarded to a sculpture student. The medal, along with a number of pieces of the artist's work, is now in the collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. The University of Canterbury holds the largest public collection of art works by Chrystabel Aitken, many donated by the artist's family.

Chrystabel Aitken was a member of the Christchurch "Group" art collective from 1936 to 1966, an elected member of the New Zealand Society of Artists, and a member of the Canterbury Society of Artists.

Contact Information:

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Search Filters:

Subject of Study
  • Fine Arts
    Equity Awards
    • Financial hardship
      Level of Study
      • School Leaver (First year undergraduate)
        Domestic/International Students
        • Domestic
          • College of Arts
            Application Closing Month
            • August
              Award Type
              • Any
              • Scholarship
                Begin Accepting Applications Date:
                5 Oct 2021
                Deadline Date (NZT Time Zone):
                2 Nov 2021 11:59 PM