School Leavers Scholarships

Keystone trust offers a number of Scholarships to School Leavers that are heading into tertiary education.


As one of the most significant scholarships available to property and construction students, they not only include financial assistance but also offer a mentoring programme and networking opportunities that are an invaluable part of your learning experience.


Each of these scholarships has its own criteria, please see below for information on our 2020 Scholarships.

I am a school student

I am a tertiary student

The Keystone Trust Study Award

The Study Award scholarships are open to all school leavers from challenging circumstances intending to study a property or construction related degree in New Zealand.

Ten Keystone Study Awards are presented each year. Each Award includes financial assistance of $5,000.00 per annum for a period of three years, and also offers mentoring and networking opportunities across all of our sponsor family. Through being part of the Keystone family, you will gain exposure through work experience opportunities, events and mentoring programmes, and get to know some of the best organisations in the sector.

The 2020 Keystone Trust Study Awards applications are now closed.


This Scholarship is open to all schools within New Zealand and school leavers that meet the specified criteria.

  • New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand
  • Financial hardship or circumstantial need
  • Intending to study a property or construction related tertiary qualification, including
    • Bachelor of Architecture
    • Bachelor of Engineering
    • Bachelor of Property
    • Bachelor of Land & Property Management
    • Bachelor of Business Studies (Property)
    • Bachelor of Urban Planning
    • Bachelor of Construction
    • Bachelor of Building Science
    • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
    • Bachelor of Spatial Design
    • Bachelor of Surveying
    • Bachelor of Law and Property conjoint

Haven’t seen your degree but think you might be eligible? Talk to us at

Read more about the Study Award

On 25 October 1994, the founding Trustees signed a Trust Deed to create the Graeme Bringans Property Education Trust. Graeme was a property developer who had been a strong advocate of promoting opportunities for young people in the property industry, particularly those whose family, financial or other circumstances were such that their paths might be blocked. His dream was to establish a Trust dedicated to helping such young people find their pathways into the industry.

Unfortunately, Graeme died suddenly in 1994 at the age of 48. After his death his widow Binty and a group of close friends raised the seed capital and put in place the structures which allowed the Trust to offer scholarships to students in a wide range of disciplines.

Faculties that are supported by the Study Award Scholarship

The University of Auckland
School of Architecture
Dept. of Property
Faculty of Engineering
School of Environment (Environmental Science)

School of the Built Environment

Victoria University of Wellington
Faculty of Architecture/Design

The University of Canterbury
Dept. of Civil Engineering
Department of Science (Environmental Science)

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

School of Engineering

University of Waikato
Faculty of Science & Engineering

Lincoln University
School of Landscape Architecture
Dept. of Land Management and Systems

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

University of Otago
Faculty of Science

The Study Award 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 term commences. The Award is available for a period of three consecutive years, and may only be extended beyond this consecutive three years period if approved by the Trust, on application.

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

Opening date:     31 May 2019

Closing date:       15 August 2019

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 5.00pm on 15 August 2019 to:

Postal address:  Keystone Trust, PO Box 142, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140

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

Any enquiries should be made to or call 09 375 7453.

As part of the selection process, you may be required to attend an interview on 26 or 27  September 2019 at a place in New Zealand to be nominated by the Keystone Trust.  The Keystone Trust will arrange for any necessary air travel and airport transfers, or pay towards cost of car travel (petrol) for any short-listed applicants outside of the Auckland region.

Following interviews, the selection panel will make a recommendation to the Trustees as to the successful applicant’s), the amount and the terms and conditions of the Student Study Award.

The Trustees will have the sole and unfettered discretion to grant the Student Study Award, 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 Student Study Award.

Terms and Conditions


This Application for the Keystone Trust Student Study Award collects personal information about you.  The information collected to evaluate your application must be completed by the Applicant on the prescribed form of application (either downloaded or electronically submitted via the Keystone Trust website, and submitted to Keystone by the closing date.

The Trustees will have the sole and unfettered discretion to grant the Student Study Award, and will determine in their discretion the Student Study Award to be offered to any successful Applicant, and the amount and period of each Student Study Award, and the Terms and Conditions applying to the Student Study Award.

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 15 August 2019, at which time the information you have provided will be used for consideration by the selection panel to nominate the recipient of the 2019 Student Study Award, may result in your application for this Student Study Award 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:

  1. a)  The Recipient must continue to meet the eligibility criteria for the award.
  2. b)  The Recipient must not accept any other bursary, scholarship or financial assistance specifically related to the course without the approval of the Trustees providing this shall not preclude the acceptance of any scholarship or bursary awarded by examination.
  3. 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.
  4. d)  The course of study shall not be changed after the award is made without the approval of the Trustees
  5. e)  The Recipient must agree to make available to the Trust results of all tests and examinations which count for year-end results.
  6. f)  The Recipient shall submit written reports on the progress of the course of study at such intervals as the Trustees shall require.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. i)  Recipient may be required to be present at the Awards Evening of the Trust or to make available appropriate material for presentation.


Do you want to build your own future?

Check out our guide to careers, qualifications, university and Keystone Scholarships.

Study Award Flyer

Download your student flyer to learn more about Keystone Trust’s Study Award.

Our sponsor family