Kiley Family Memorial Trust Scholarships

The Kiley Family Memorial Trust Scholarships are awarded as follows:

  • Secondary scholarships for students to pursue their secondary school studies, including providing boarding scholarships
  • Tertiary scholarships to students in their final year of secondary education to complete their chosen degree
  • Preference is given to students from less well-off backgrounds who would otherwise have difficulty paying their fees and meeting other costs
  • Scholarships will be awarded to Applicants at the discretion of the Trustee and Settlor

How to apply

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

Application forms will be available at the below link after the opening date.

All open grant applications are accessible here.


    James Francis Kiley

    James Francis Kiley (1883-1965) whose land purchases enabled the Kiley Family Memorial Trust to be established.  

    John and Peter Kiley

    John (left) and Peter Kiley (grandsons of James) photographed in 1964 aged 19 and 21. John and Peter chose to set up the Trust following the death of their parents, Leonard and Rona Kiley.

    The Kiley Family Memorial Trust was established in 2000 by brothers, Peter and John Kiley. The Scholarships are funded by revenue from a Taranaki dairy farm owned by the Kiley Family Memorial Trust.

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

    Peter and John's grandfather, James Francis (Jim) Kiley emigrated from Australia in 1900 at the age of 17. After working in the Taranaki area he purchased land for farming from the local Maori.

    The Taranaki dairy farm is managed by Public Trust's National Farm Centre. The farm played an important part in the life of the Kiley family. From a faith point of view the farm enabled Jim's son Len to receive a Catholic education at St Patrick's College, Wellington 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.

    For more information on the Kiley family history, click here.