Applications Close 8 August 2019

Awarded on behalf of the Acorn Foundation

This scholarship for $2000 has been set up to enable a young creative to undertake further study in the creative arts.

Creative Industries, Fine Art, Design, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Film Study Or Production, Music, Dance, Performing Arts

  • Applicants must have:
    • Received at least part of their secondary education in Tauranga or Western Bay of Plenty
    • and/or currently reside in the Tauranga or Western Bay of Plenty

Acorn Foundation is a charitable trust operating in Tauranga, New Zealand. It was established in 2003, to encourage people to consider leaving a gift in their will to benefit the western Bay of Plenty community forever. People can also make gifts during their lifetime to build up their fund and maximise the tax rebates now available.

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- Considerations for creating an outstanding portfolio

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Previous winners ’

2018 Winner - Isaac Crowe 
Toi Ohomai Creative Industries

Further Studies: Wintec Hamilton  
Bachelor of Media Arts (Honors) 

"Over the past 4 years at Toi Ohomai, I have grown not only a creative but as a person. I am confident in my abilities and I am always willing to help all students that ask, whether it be for an assignment or specific help with graphic design software." Isaac said.

"The Bachelor of Creative Industries program not only refined my graphic design skills and knowledge, but I also learnt visual art processes and practice. Through the development of my creative practice, I entered the 2018 Miles Art Awards for the first time, where I was awarded the Incubator Emerging Artist Award for my work ‘Angela of Makawe’."

After graduating from Toi Ohomai Isaac plans to continue study in the honours program at Wintec in Hamilton for 2019. " I feel is a natural progression in my development for my creative career as well as an exciting new challenge to rise to. I also see this as an opportunity to network, connect and learn from other creatives thus helping my practice grow" said Isaac.


2017 Winner - Lockie Bennet 
High School: Otumoetai College 

Further Studies: Victoria University
Bachelor of Music - Jazz Performance

"First year has been an absolute blast so far. I’ve met loads of cool people and been involved in multiple different groups playing music. I’ve also learnt so much and have loved watching myself grow as a musician in such a small amount of time so far.

My highlights for this year is my recitals - one of which is happening this week during the mid-year testing period as well as the end of year recital. I’m also looking forward to playing with the groups I’m involved in a public arena. There is word of a gig coming up with the guitar ensemble I’m involved in so that will be an awesome time.

The Jan Medlicott Award has helped me so much financially. It’s helped enormously decreasing my student loan and the amount of money I need to pay back. On top of this, the award also helped a lot in the preparation for uni, making the fees sounds less daunting.

I would say to applicants that they should certainly do what they do best. Like anything, do what you love and be yourself. Winning this award in 2017 was a total surprise to me but I believe I won it because I stayed true to what I wanted to play and the image I wanted to convey as a musician. Music is about self-expression. Without this aspect there is no such thing as music." - Lockie Bennet


2015 Winner: Courtney Gilbert

High School: Mount Maunganui College

Current Education: Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
Creative Media Production

"I am involved with the arts in film production and will be graduating my degree at the end of this year.  I am proud to tell you that I am doing very well for myself and currently working with client supervision from TVNZ for my final year.  I had the opportunity to pitch my tv series concept to TVNZ at the beginning of the semester which amazingly got greenlit for commission.

I am currently directing, producing, scripting, art directing and animating a 3D animated children's tv series with my talented crew.

I am the youngest of my team, the only female out of six and I’m leading the project - so I am representing a minority of the film industry currently, and in doing so am doing well to create a respectable industry reputation for myself.

Thank you again for your generosity towards my progression in the arts."