Alexander and Gladys Shepherd Scholarships Trust

Perpetual Guardian

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Grant amount: NZ $500 - NZ $2,500

Next anticipated deadline: Oct 31, 2020

Later anticipated deadlines: Feb 28, 2021

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student

Funding uses: Scholarship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: New Zealand

Age restriction: No more than 21 years of age

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About this funder:



Mrs Gladys Shepherd was born in Hawera in May 1895, the eldest of five children born to Mr and Mrs Frederick Swadling of Manaia Road, Kaponga.

Mr Alexander Shepherd was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1888. He left home at an early age and joined the merchant navy before joining the First New Zealand Expeditionary Force serving in World War One.

After the war Alexander worked on farms in the Kaponga area, and married Gladys Swadling in 1923. Together they continued his farming work on Mangawhero Road, Riverlea where they developed a passion for farming. The couple retired in 1963 engaging a sharemilker to continue their work on the farm.

The Alexander and Gladys Shepherd Scholarships Trust was established by will on 11 April 1989, in which Gladys appointed Guardian Trust as sole-trustee. Guardian Trust (now trading as Perpetual Guardian) administer the scholarship Trust. Representatives from Perpetual Guardian, Federated Farmers and a principal from the Taranaki region are on the advisory board which meets to review and award the scholarships.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Persons who wish to become farmers and who are under the age of 21 years at the commencement of their studies in order for them to obtain further education or training which would be useful to them in farming pursuits or the attainment of a University Degree in Agriculture.
  • You can keep re-applying for funding assistance up till the age of 21 years old, as long as you meet the requirements of the trust guidelines.
  • Applicable region: Taranaki province, New Zealand.