Judy Kaa Scholarship

Hāpaitia te ara tika pūmau ai te rangatiratanga mō ngā uri whakatipu.


Foster the pathway of knowledge to strength, independence and growth for future generations.


Applications for this scholarship are open for 2021!


Background to the award

This award is a memorial to Judy Kaa, National President of Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand from 2008 to 2015, an inspiring early childhood teacher and leader. Owner of highly regarded Kerikeri centre, Nurture by Nature, Judy was a student in the postgraduate leadership programme and completed the Certificate in Leadership (ECE). A tireless leader in her community, Judy believed in the potential of all people to learn and to lead. He wahine pūmau ki te kaupapa.

The scholarship is available to a student who has been accepted into Te Rito Maioha's Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (ECE) and covers the fees for the first year of study (2 papers). The scholarship is also available to those completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership (ECE).


First year tuition fees for the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Early Childhood Education ($3,480 for 2020 – two papers).

Tenure of award

One year

Number of awards offered

One per year

Closing dates for the award applications

29 January (2021)

Date of notification

12 March (2021)

Purpose of award

One scholarship shall be awarded annually in the form of the tuition fee for the first two papers in Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand’s Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (Early Childhood Education).  

Selection criteria

The award is open to all domestic students selected for entry to Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand’s postgraduate leadership programme who commenced study in July 2020, or who will commence study in February 2021.

Applicants will be shortlisted by a panel comprising the Programme Director, a Council member nominated by the National President and the Pouhere Kaupapa Māori. The final decision will be made by the Chief Executive.

How do you apply?

Applicants are required to complete a scholarship application form and attach the following:

  • A letter of application to the Programme Director stating what they hope to achieve for their community by undertaking this programme of postgraduate study in early childhood education leadership.
  • A brief curriculum vitae.
  • Two (2) references from members of the local community.

Applicants may be contacted for a telephone interview.  

The successful recipient will be advised by telephone. All other applicants will be advised by mail.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

The award recipient is expected to write a brief report (up to 1,000 words) outlining the impact of this study programme on their leadership and the benefits to their community. This report is submitted to the Chief Executive by 28 February of the year following the award.

The recipient is required to successfully complete the papers enrolled in. Withdrawal or failure to complete the papers will require repayment of the funding award.

Further information


Student and Administration Services Manager on studentservices@ecnz.ac.nz or 0800 244 532.