Aperfield Montessori Trust Scholarship

Te Karahipi Aperfield Montessori

The Aperfield Montessori Trust is offering scholarships to assist students studying the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Aperfield Montessori) with their fees.  

If you are awarded a scholarship, and after you complete the qualification, the Trust will reimburse you directly for an amount up to $3,000.00 of the fees paid to Te Rito Maioha.

The Trustees of the Aperfield Montessori Trust will assess all scholarship applications and will inform students in writing of the success of their application.  For those students awarded the Scholarship, the Trustees would also like to offer reimbursement of 50% of Travel Costs incurred in attending the Practical Workshop, up to the amount of $1,000.00. Students will be required to apply to the Administrator with relevant documentation and receipts.

The reimbursement is for flights and accommodation only.

Applications for Semester 1, 2024 will close on January 9th. The outcome will be confirmed to the students on February 3rd (at the latest)
Applications for Semester 2, 2024 will close on July 1st. The outcome will be confirmed to the students July 23rd (at the latest)

Download the form here.


The prerequisites for scholarship applicants are that they:

  • Are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident in New Zealand
  • Have not received and are not eligible for any other grants or scholarships offered under existing government schemes (Note: you can still apply for a student loan)
  • Are eligible to enrol in the programme and meet Te Rito Maioha’s admission requirements

Eligibility criteria

In making their decision to award a scholarship, the Trustees of the Aperfield Montessori Trust will consider a number of factors, including but not limited to:

  • How the applicant has demonstrated or shown interest in the Montessori Method, such as working in kindergartens, kōhanga reo or childcare centres incorporating this method of education, reading literature or spending time researching or studying in this area
  • Any financial constraints the applicant may have. Applicants should clearly outline financial constraints in their covering letter and describe how the scholarship would assist them and provide benefit
  • Any health or personal issues that affect the applicant’s ability to work or complete the programme, how they have overcome these obstacles and how this Scholarship would further assist them in doing so
  • Any charitable work that the applicant has completed and any outside interests that the applicant would like the Trustees to consider
  • References – two referee reports are requested to support the application. At least one referee report must be written by a professional colleague/leader.

 How to apply for the scholarship

  • Complete Te Rito Maioha’s enrolment process for the programme
  • Complete the Scholarship Application Form found here
  • Read and sign the Applicant’s Declaration included in the Scholarship Application Form
  • Write a covering letter applying for the scholarship and include a detailed explanation as to:
    • How you meet the eligibility criteria stated above
    • A statement outlining why you wish to study the Montessori Method
    • What you intend to do once you complete the qualification
  • Attach two referee reports to the Scholarship Application Form
  • Check you have completed all the necessary steps, using the checklist on page 7 of the application document
  • Email the completed documentation to [email protected]