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Ministry of Education New Zealand Sign Language Interpreting Scholarship 2021

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Scholarships

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Industry

Education, Teaching, Government

Published

2 months ago

Application Open

4th Mar 2021 12:00pm

Application Close

30th Apr 2021 12:00pm

New Zealand Sign Language Interpreting Scholarship

Learn about this scholarship, which is designed to support people to study Auckland University of Technology (AUT)’s Bachelor of Arts: New Zealand Sign Language: English Interpreting course.

Before applying for the New Zealand Sign Language Interpreting Scholarship, ensure that you meet the associated criteria and are aware of the application process.


Key information

You must be enrolled in Auckland University of Technology (AUT)’s Bachelor of Arts: New Zealand Sign Language: English Interpreting course to be eligible for this scholarship.

Before submitting your application please read each section of this page carefully. The information we provide on this page is an indication only. The letter of offer that we will send you if your application is accepted will provide fuller details.


What the scholarship provides

This scholarship will:

  • pay you $3,000 per year of study upon successful completion of the year.
  • pay you one off travel and accommodation assistance if you have had to relocate to Auckland to attend the course, to a maximum of $1,500 on top of the scholarship payment.

Important dates in applying for the scholarship

ACTION DATES
Applications close 30 April 2021
Applicants notified 31 May 2021

Who is eligible for this scholarship

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  1. be accepted into the AUT’s Bachelor of Arts: New Zealand Sign Language: English Interpreting course.
  2. be studying full time.
  3. be interested in working in the education sector as a NZSL Interpreter
  4. be a New Zealand citizen or have New Zealand permanent residency.
  5. not be repeating a failed course.

We will give priority to applicants who (in descending order of priority):

  • can demonstrate proficiency (NCEA level 1 equivalent or higher) in Te Reo Māori, a Pasifika language or a spoken language in addition to English that is widely used by children who attend early childhood centres and schools in New Zealand
  • provide evidence of that proficiency in the form of a formal qualification or written reference from a tertiary institution, a kaumatua or a community leader.

What to include in your application

Your application must include:

  • your resume
  • a cover letter outlining the below:
    1. Why do you want to become a qualified NZSL interpreter
    2. Your strengths and experience, personal and professional, that will help you to become an effective NZSL Interpreter
  • additional information sheet [DOCX, 157 KB]
  • academic transcripts or grades of your highest and most recent qualifications
  • written references from 2 of the following:
    • a member of the Deaf community
    • your sign language tutor or lecturer
    • your employer
    • your high school teacher or lecturer.

We will use 4 factors to assess your application, and you will be scored on how well your application meets each of these. So make sure your cover letter includes information about each of the following factors:

  1. Your future commitment to working as a sign language interpreter.
  2. Your academic ability.
  3. Your level of financial hardship.
  4. Your understanding of the philosophy and values of deaf culture.

Our decision to grant or not grant a scholarship is final, and we will not enter into any discussion about it.


The courses of study the scholarship supports

Your application must include:

  • your resume
  • a cover letter outlining particular factors that are appropriate to our assessment (as per the points listed below):
    1. Why do you want to become a qualified Speech Language Therapist.
    2. Your strengths and experience, personal and professional, that will help you to become an effective Speech Language Therapist.
  • additional information sheet [DOCX, 158 KB]
  • academic transcripts or grades of your highest and most recent qualifications
  • any special circumstances you would like the selection panel to consider.

If you are applying for priority selection:

  • submit evidence in the form of formal qualifications or written references from a tertiary institution, a kaumatua or a community leader of your language proficiency.