In 1877, Kate Edger became the first woman in New Zealand to gain a university degree.

She was a great supporter of the Suffrage Movement and advocated strongly for women to use the vote to bring about change and improvement in society. Read more >

The Awards Programme

The Trust is funded primarily by social enterprise Academic Dress Hire with over 1200 financial awards funded since the Trust’s inception 16 years ago.

Selection is based on an academic and holistic approach, considering such things as financial need, whether the applicant is first in family to study or any challenges they may have. Awardees tell of the profound impact receiving an award has on both their financial and emotional wellbeing, providing acknowledgment and encouragement as well as financial support.

Learn more about our Awards

Alumni Programme

Behind every awardee is a story with a goal for success and a dream to make a difference. Our awardees come from all walks of life and bring with them hopes and dreams that education helps to make a reality.

Read the stories from our Alumni here >

The Trust introduces a ‘Women in Law’ Award valued at $7,500

This new award is to assist a woman studying a law degree, 3rd year or above, at the University of Auckland or AUT.  It is funded from the hire and sale of legal regalia at Academic Dress Hire.

Applications are welcome from those with a passion to represent diverse communities and who demonstrate potential for leadership and changemaking.

See our Awards Programme for more information.

Our Awards can be life changing…

“The confidence that I have gained from receiving an award like this is invaluable. In the challenging and high-pressure environment of University, I have found that my confidence in myself and my abilities has diminished greatly. This award has motivated me to continue trying to better myself and for this I really do thank you”

– Samantha | Bachelor with Honours Award

Funding Partnership Opportunities

Support our mission to promote, advance and encourage education by joining The KEECT Sponsor Partnership programme,
or by leaving a Gift in your Will.

Learn More Here