Please read the T&C’s below and then complete the online application form .




Administered by Keystone New Zealand Property Education Trust


The Russell Group is a family owned and run group of companies that provide services and products across all sectors of the property and construction industry. They have established their scholarship to recognise the life and contribution of their founder Alf Russell, who died in 2011, having dedicated more than 50 years to the construction industry.


  • New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand
  • Have successfully completed at least one year of course work by the end of 2020, in a property or construction related tertiary qualification such as
    • Bachelor of Architecture
    • Bachelor of Engineering
    • Bachelor of Property
    • Bachelor of Business Studies (Prop)
    • Bachelor of Land and Property Management
    • Bachelor of Urban planning
    • Bachelor of Construction
    • Bachelor of Building Science
    • Or doing study related to architecture, engineering, valuation, quantity surveying, property management, construction management
FACULTIES that are supported by the Alf Russell Property & Construction Scholarship


The University of Auckland
School of Architecture
Dept. of Property
Faculty of Engineering

School of the Built Environment

Victoria University of Wellington
Faculty of Architecture/Design

The University of Canterbury
Dept. of Civil Engineering

Massey University
Dept. of Engineering (Construction Management)
Dept. of Business (Valuation and Property Management)

School of Engineering

Lincoln University
Dept. of Land Management and Systems

University of Waikato
Faculty of Science & Engineering

Ara (Institute of Canterbury)
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Construction Management
Faculty of Architecture


The scholarship value of up to $5,000.00 per annum ($2,500 per semester), will be paid for each year in which the award applies and is to be used towards fees, course costs and accommodation as each semester commences. The scholarship is available for two semesters as determined by the Trustees and Russell Group.

In considering grants of awards the Trustees will be advised by a selection panel comprising representatives from Keystone Trust and representatives from Russell Group.

Closing date: 5.00 pm, 14 August 2020

Application by form (either downloaded or electronically submitted via the Keystone Trust website)

Applications must be completed by the Applicant on the prescribed form of application, and submitted by 5.00 pm, 14 August 2020 to:

Postal Address:
Keystone Trust
PO Box 142
Shortland Street
Auckland 1140

Courier address:
Keystone Trust
SAP Building
Level 8
151 Queen Street
Auckland 1010

Any enquiries should be made to or call 09 375 7453.
The Applicant may be invited to attend an interview with the Trust’s selection panel. The selection panel will then make a recommendation to the Trustees as to the successful applicant’s, the amount of the Scholarship and the terms and conditions of the Scholarship.


The Trustees will have the sole and unfettered discretion to grant the Scholarship and will determine in their discretion the scholarship to be offered to any successful applicant, and the amount and period of each scholarship, and the terms and conditions applying to each scholarship.


Applications open: 2 June 2020

Closing date for applications: 5.00 pm, 14 August 2020

Scholarship interview date: TBC

Scholarships Awards Evening: 22 October 2020


Terms and Conditions


This Application for Keystone Trust Alf Russell Construction and Property Scholarship collects personal information about you. The information is collected to evaluate your application for the Construction or Property Scholarship.

The intended recipient of the information is Keystone Trust.

The information is being collected and held by Keystone Trust.

The failure to provide this information prior to 5.00 pm, 14 August 2020, at which time the information you have provided will be used for consideration by the Selection Committee to nominate the recipient of the 2021 Scholarship, may result in your application for this Scholarship being declined.

You do have the rights of access to, and correction of, this information subject to the provisions of the Privacy Act 1993.


Successful applicants will be required to accept in writing an offer by the Trustees of the grant of the award upon the following conditions and such other conditions as the Trustees shall consider to be appropriate:

(a) The applicant must continue to meet the eligibility criteria for the award.

(b) The Recipient must not accept any other bursary, scholarship or financial assistance specifically related to the course without the approval of the Trustees provided that this shall not preclude the acceptance of any scholarship or bursary awarded by examination.

(c) The Recipient must make full and continuing disclosure to the Trust of all other sponsors or sources of financial assistance in relation to his or her studies.

(d) The course of study shall not be changed after the award is made without the approval of the Trustees.

(e) The Recipient must agree to make available to the Trust results of all tests and examinations which count for year end results.

(f) The Recipient shall submit written reports on the progress of the course of study at such intervals as the Trustees shall require.

(g) The Recipient must complete his/her course of tuition without interruption. Failure to pass in any year or any decision to defer completion of the course of study or if the course of study is not completed in accordance with the conditions whether in whole or in part, the award shall be forfeited and any amounts advanced shall be refunded upon demand.

(h) All publicity associated with the grant of the award to the Recipient shall be determined by the Trust and the Recipient shall make no announcement in respect of the award without the written approval of the Trust.

(i) Recipient may be required to be present at the Awards Evening of the Trust or to make available appropriate material for presentation.


The following guidelines outline the Trustees’ expectations of Recipients of the Alf Russell Construction and Property Scholarship:

(a) The Trust expects the Recipient will familiarise and have a good understanding of both the history and the objectives of the Trust and the Russell Group to enable promotion of the Trust to others as called upon either in an official or unofficial capacity.

(b) The Recipient is to provide to the Trust upon request a short report of results and general progress by the Recipient in his or her course of study at the end of each semester.

(c) The Recipient is to provide to the Trust at the end the Recipient’s course of study in each year:

  • a comprehensive summary of the Recipient’s results.
  • a personal review by the Recipient of the year, commenting on the highs and lows and any changes the Recipient is intending to implement in the next academic year (unless last year).
  • a summary of the Recipient’s goals and plans for the next year, both academic and personal (unless last year).

(d) Recipients of the Keystone Alf Russell Property and Construction Scholarship are expected to act as ambassadors for the Trust and the Russell Group and attend events organized by the Keystone Trust throughout their time as a Keystone student.

Alf Russell Property & Construction Scholarship 2021

Administered by Keystone New Zelaland Property Eductaion Trust


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    You must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident to apply for this scholarship

    I was at the following schools for the periods named



    Please upload the following documents:
  • Reference letter and recommendations from at least one of your lecturers and two other unrelated parties.We require a written letter.
  • Reference letter and recommendations from at least one of your lecturers and two other unrelated parties. We require a written letter.
  • Reference letter and recommendations from at least one of your lecturers and two other unrelated parties. We require a written letter.
  • Reference letter and recommendations from at least one of your lecturers and two other unrelated parties. We require a written letter.