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The scholarship is named after Betty Loughhead MBE, JP.  Betty joined Soroptimist International in 1949, and was the first New Zealander to serve as the International President of Soroptimist International. The scholarship was established in 1987, and named in her honour.  

The Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship assists women pursuing tertiary studies for the purpose of gaining a qualification that will enable them:

  • entry or re-entry into the workforce; or
  • a change in occupations


  • Be a female New Zealand citizens (please note that residents with only NZ Permanent Residence/Residence Visa cannot apply, nor can Australian citizens unless holding dual citizenship)
  • At least 25 years of age on 1 September in the year of application.
  • Enrolled in an NZQA approved education programme that is to be undertaken in NZ
  • Have a proven record of academic achievement
  • Able to use the scholarship in the year for which it is awarded
    Willing to participate in Soroptimist promotional activities (should they be awarded a scholarship)

Evidence of eligibility must be provided as part of the application process.

Value of the award is between $3,000 - 5,000 NZD.  For futher details and how to apply visit the website 

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