George Powell Trust


Mr George Powell, a farmer, formerly of Karioi in the Whanganui region. Mr Powell passed away on 4 July 1940. His will, dated 9 September 1937, left his estate to be held on trust for the benefit and advantage of children for the time being under the care and control of the Whanganui Orphanage, Whanganui. The Whanganui Orphanage no longer operates as an orphanage. A new granting scheme was sought in the High Court in 2014.

Trust purpose

An Order Approving a Scheme under Part II of the Charitable Trusts act 1957 was approved by the High Court on 7 April 2014.

The Trust Fund is held for the assistance, development and undertaking of agricultural education in New Zealand with preference given to disadvantaged youth from the Wider Whanganui region for education in farming, agriculture or horticulture through theory and/or practical experience.

Public Trust will select the two recipients for the Scholarship annually. Scholarships will be for an annual grant of up to $10,000 for a maximum period of three years, contingent on the ongoing success of the educational pursuit.

Scholarship Criteria

  1. The scholarship will be limited to first time, post-secondary/undergraduate studies.
  2. The studies must be for students who have aspirations in the farming, agriculture or horticulture industries. Study may be undertaken at a university, Institute of Technology and Private Training Establishments. Polytech studies and Cadetships will be considered.
  3. Studies must be undertaken full-time in New Zealand and be NZQA recognised.
  4. The scheme indicates that the scholarship should give preference to disadvantaged youth and details need to be provided in the application to support the claim of being disadvantaged. This could be health, economic, geographic remoteness or family circumstances.
  5. Academic performance will be considered, along with other information requested.

Applications for 2020

The grant round will be open from 1 September 2020 to 16 October 2020. All open grant applications are accessible here.

Scholarship applications must be completed via our online granting system and paper applications will no longer be accepted.