Kiley Family Memorial Trust Scholarships

The Kiley Family Memorial Trust Scholarships are awarded to assist:

  • secondary school students to pursue their secondary school studies
  • tertiary students to complete their chosen degrees.

Preference is given to students from less well-off backgrounds who meet the following criteria (in order of priority).

Students who:

  1. wish to attend a boarding school or tertiary institution away from home
  2. have included agriculture in their field of study
  3. desire ultimately to take up a career in farming, farm management or an agriculture-based industry
  4. intend to enrol , or have enrolled, at St Patrick's College, Silverstream (preferably) or at any other Catholic Boarding School
  5. live in the Taranaki/Wanganui area
  6. have an interest in the care of horses
  7. are actively involved in sport.


The Kiley Family Memorial Trust was established in 2000 by brothers, Peter and John Kiley. Revenue from the Kiley Family Trust owned farms in Taranaki fund the Kiley Family Memorial Trust Scholarships.

Public Trust is sole trustee of both the Kiley Family Trust and the Kiley Family Memorial Trust.

Peter and John's grandfather, Jim Kiley, emigrated from Australia just over 100 years ago at the age of 17. After working in the Taranaki area he purchased land for farming from the local Maori.

Managed by Public Trust's National Farm Centre, the two Taranaki dairy farms have played an important part in the life of the Kiley family. From a faith point of view the farms enabled Jim's son Len to receive a Catholic education at St Patrick's and it gave educational and economic stability to his grandsons, Peter and John.

Having enjoyed these financial advantages, Peter and John now wish to help young people who are facing challenges in their education, be it financial or otherwise.

How to apply

Applications are accepted from 1 August to 31 August each year.

All open grant applications are accessible here.