In addition to our annual grants, the Ara Foundation has five special grants which are awarded to students who demonstrate expertise or want to pursue studies in a particular field. These awards are not annual awards and are only awarded when an outstanding student or project reflects the values required and all Trustees deem it appropriate.
Dame Jean Herbison Prestigious Award
The Dame Jean Herbison Prestigious Award is for an outstanding student or project that reflects the values of service to others that characterised Dame Jean’s contribution to education.
Karen Lewis Award
The Karen Lewis award was established to assist students and staff with an interest in hospitality and food studies to pursue their goals and interests in this field.
Colin Russell Award
The Colin Russell Award enables Ara students and staff with an interest in trades to develop their skills and pursue extra curricula and scholarship activities.
Alison Robinson Award in Mathematics
This award recognises students that have achieved excellence in mathematics studies.
Alison Johnston Award in Nursing
This award is for the purpose of carrying out nursing research.