Rosemary Johnson Scholarship

About this scholarship

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology offers scholarships exclusively to Year 13 students who are transitioning from their Trades Academy courses to study at Toi Ohomai.

This scholarship was created to continue the legacy left behind by Rosemary Johnson, one of then-Waiariki Institute of Technology’s most dedicated staff members who passed away in 2015.

Rosemary worked at a variety of educational outposts before joining Waiariki’s Whakatane campus in 2007 as the regional development manager. In 2010, she took on the additional role of being the key driver, developer and manager of the newly created Bay of Plenty Trades Academy at Trident High School and Waiariki. The Trades Academy offered high school students with a strong passion for the trades and hands-on learning an alternative to the established secondary curriculum.

Rosemary was proud of the difference she was able to make to the lives of so many young people, especially Māori. Passionate in her goals, Rosemary amazed staff with her ability to know every student within the Trades Academy, their family circumstances, the school they came from and more – she genuinely cared about them.

Kia Kaha – Be Strong, Kia Manawa Nui – Have Courage.

Scholarship details

Rosemary Johnson Scholarships are provided, promoted and administered exclusively by Toi Ohomai, which offers up to five scholarships annually that are valued at $2,500 each.


  • New Zealand citizens or permanent residents only are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
  • Applications are open to students in Year 13 attending a secondary school where the Bay of Plenty Trades Academy is offered.
  • Applicants under 18 years of age must have the written consent of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s). The consenting parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must provide a written statement indicating that they have read and understood, and discussed with the applicant, the criteria for applying for a Rosemary Johnson Scholarship.


  • Scholarships will be offered to applicants transitioning successfully from the Trades Academy and enrolling at Toi Ohomai in their first year of full-time study and taking 120 credits in 2017.
  • Applicants must meet all enrolment criteria in their chosen programme of study, including academic prerequisites, to be eligible for a scholarship.
  • Scholarship funds must be applied to the tuition fees of the chosen programme of study. Any tuition fees payable over and above the scholarship amount will be the responsibility of the applicant.
  • All other costs, such as course-related costs, development levy, and student amenity levy, are the responsibility of the applicant.


  • Applications must reach Toi Ohomai on or before 4pm on Friday, 28 October 2016, by either posting or delivering in person using the contact details listed at the end of this page.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Applicants must complete all information in the application form and include certified copies of their birth certificate and academic transcript.
  • Applicants must include a personal statement about themselves. The statement must be at least 350 words and include: their reasons for choosing to study the selected programme; why they want to study at Toi Ohomai; the skills, attributes and educational qualifications they currently hold that would support their application for a scholarship; and the short- and long-term aspirations they have for themselves and their career.
  • Applicants must include a written reference. This may be obtained from the applicant’s principal, dean or careers advisor and must include a statement regarding the applicant’s academic ability, and may include any other information about the applicant that would support their application.
  • Application forms must be completed electronically, then printed, and submitted with the additional required documentation stapled at the top left-hand corner, with only one staple. Applicants must not bind or present their application in folders.

View the scholarship flyer (PDF) View scholarship application form (PDF)

Selection Process

  • Winners of Rosemary Johnson Scholarships will be selected on the basis of their completed application form, the supplementary information requested, and their personal statement.
  • Applicants may be required to attend an interview; if this is required they will be notified by the institute.
  • Winners will be announced on Friday, 4 November 2016 by notice in writing from the institute.
  • Winners will be selected at the sole discretion of the institute. The selection panel’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • Winners will be presented with their scholarships at their secondary school senior prize giving, in consultation with the school’s principal and/or dean.
  • Unsuccessful applicants may be contacted by one of the institute’s faculties to discuss further opportunities for which they may be eligible.


  • Applications close:Friday, 28 October 2016, 4.00pm

Scholarships Office Contact Details

  • Location:I Block, Mokoia Campus
  • Address:Private Bag 3028
    Rotorua 3046
  • Contact:Scholarships Office, Marketing and Communications Department
  • Phone:07 346 8999
  • Phone:0800 86 46 46
  • Hours:Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
  • Map:Mokoia Campus Map (533.8 KB updated 02-May-2017)

Page last updated: 17 Jul 2017