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NZFFWS welfare support benefits

Scholarship applications open from October to January each year

NZ Firefighters Welfare Education Scholarship

Scholarship entries open on 1 October 2024

The scholarship benefit is available for financial members of children aged 5 to 18 years to support a family’s education costs. Entries open annually on 1 October and close at 5pm on 1 December.


  • $500.00 per age group per region. Total of $2000.00 per region.
  • Age groups are: 5-8 years of age, 9-12 years of age, 13-16 years of age and 17-18 years of age.
  • The amount will be paid to the recipient/s in a lump sum.


Applications open annually on 1 October and close on 1 December at 5.00pm. The winning applicants will be advised in December of their success. Money will be deposited into their chosen bank account. Unsuccessful applicants will be advised thereafter.


  1. To apply, the child must be attending an educational facility.
  2. The money is to be used for education purposes only, this may include the purchase of uniform and stationery.
  3. Applicants must be aged between 5 and 18 at the time of application.
  4. The applicant or parent must complete and submit the application form, including the artwork or essay and send this to The application form can be downloaded here from October.
To be considered for the scholarship:

Ages 5-8: to provide some form of artwork showing what they want to be when they leave school.

Ages 9 -12: to provide a 200-word essay of who inspires them and what they wish to do when they leave school.

Ages 13-16: to provide a 400-word essay of who inspires them and what they wish to do when they leave school.

Ages 17-18: to provide a 1000-word essay on why they have chosen their field of study.