Engineering Scholarship Programme

scholarshipTop Energy is the electricity generation and lines network company which distributes power to consumers in the Far North.  The Company was first established as a power board in 1935 and is owned by the Top Energy Consumer Trust, on behalf of 31,000 consumers connected to the Company’s network.

Top Energy’s sponsorship programmes are expected to have the ability to benefit everyone who lives in the Far North.  Examples of this are our sponsorship of the Electricity Rescue Helicopter– an essential lifeline for remote rural communities, and the Top Energy Business Development Fund, which offers grants to existing or new businesses which have the potential to grow the economy in the Far North.

Because the Company is one of the largest businesses based in the region, Top Energy is uniquely placed to help develop the economy of the Far North. One important way this can be done is to help our young people grow.  The Company has a long history of funding high-profile educational and community sponsorships.  In partnership with the Lion Foundation, the Company has supported the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) in Northland schools, since 2009.  Our WaterSafe programme teaches primary school aged children to swim and learn water safety skills.  The Far North Science & Technology Fair encourages middle and high school children to take an interest in Science.

The Engineering Scholarship Programme is a complementary addition to this stable of programmes.


Purpose of the Engineering Scholarship Programme :

The scholarship aims to assist Far North students who wish to study an engineering (honours) degree, and who have already achieved an excellent academic record.

The students must have a genuine interest and passion to study in the field of engineering and to continue working in that field upon completion of their study.


Student Eligibility:

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants need to meet the following criteria:

  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand and who normally resides in the Far North.
  • Currently studying for a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), or
  • Be a school leaver intending to enrol in a four year Bachelor of Engineering degree (Honours), majoring in Civil, Electronic or Mechanical at the Universities of Canterbury or Auckland
  • Have achieved high academic success (performed well in NCEA Level 3, IB or Cambridge examinations or first year engineering degree exams).

Students may hold other scholarships, prizes or awards, but these must be disclosed to the judging panel.  Students planning on undertaking a gap year between years of study may not apply.


The Application Process:

Applications for sponsorship commencing in the following academic year close in October or November in the year preceding the first year of tenure.

Applications must be accompanied by:

  • A certified birth certificate and/or passport copy
  • A recent passport sized photograph
  • A current CV (outlining academic achievement and any extracurricular science, engineering or technology activities)
  • A certified copy of your latest academic transcript
  • Details which demonstrate leadership and creative skills
  • A signed endorsement from a referee
  • A personal statement (no more than 1,000 words) outlining why you want to study engineering, future plans on completion of this degree and why this Scholarship is needed.

To download an application form please click here.

To apply online click here.


The Selection Process:

A committee made up of the General Manager Network, an HR Advisor and a member of the Top Energy Management Team will review the applications.  The candidates will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Academic ability based on results in either the 1st, 2nd or 3rd years of study, or, if still at school, your latest academic record.
  • Cultural and sporting participation and achievement
  • Community service and school contribution
  • General character
  • Motivation to study and succeed

Short-listed candidates will be contacted either by telephone or email and will be required to attend an interview (or a tele-interview depending on the circumstances), with the Committee.  Candidates that are not short-listed will be informed by email that they have not progressed to the next stage of the application process.

The successful candidate will be notified in writing that they have been selected for a scholarship.  The decision of the Committee will be final and binding.  No correspondence will be entered into.  The Committee may refrain from awarding a scholarship if, in their opinion, there is no suitable candidate.

Terms and Conditions:

Applicants who are offered a Scholarship must formally accept the offer by signing a Scholarship Contract drawn up by Top Energy.  The holding of the scholarship will be conditional on the student being enrolled in a full-time programme at the University of Auckland, Waikato or Canterbury.  Scholarship recipients who do not return for the second semester will be required to partially repay the scholarship on a pro-rated basis.  The Scholarship may not be deferred unless there are exceptional circumstances, approval of which will reside solely with Top Energy.

Top Energy may, at any time, suspend or terminate a scholarship, or require the partial repayment of the scholarship amount if the scholarship recipient does not diligently pursue their programme of study, has violated the University Statue of Conduct, or has failed to comply with any of the terms and conditions on which the scholarship was awarded.

The scholarship recipients may be required to contribute to Top Energy’s Community Sponsorship programme by participating in functions, prizegivings or other events, including educations scholarships.

Top Energy will endeavour to provide the scholarship recipient (upon their request) with a mentor to assist them through their programme of study.  Assistance may also be provided at the discretion of Top Energy, by the provision of employment both during the tenure of the scholarship (vacations) and on completion of the Honours degree study (offers of employment).

Payment of Funds:

Payment will be made in one instalment by direct credit to the student’s bank account as soon as practicable after the student has complied with the terms and conditions of scholarship and disclosed information requested.