Entries are open for the 2018 NZIOB Charitable Trust Awards, which offers two scholarships, each to the value of $10,000. The scholarships, which were first offered in 2017, recognise, encourage and financially support recipients from a trade, technical or professional role who are proposing to pursue a project linked to building through research, practice or professional development.

The scholarships were established to encourage aspirational thinking that has the potential to increase the building industry’s performance, with the Trust particularly interested in applications from those in industry and training, who have a project that will introduce improvements to the industry.

NZIOB Charitable Trust Chair, Gina Jones said that “we are looking for applicants with a project that has the potential to advance some aspect of design, construction or management of buildings in New Zealand, and thereby enhance the quality of our built environment.”

A recipient of one of the two $10,000 awards in 2017 was Gerard (Ged) Finch, a post-graduate student from the School of Architecture and Design at Victoria University of Wellington. Ged said that “winning this scholarship was a vital step and huge motivator to push my research to the next stage, and has literally changed my career path,”.

A copy of the Rules and Instructions is available online, with entries closing at 5.00pm on 30 June 2018.

To enable $20,000 of scholarship to be provided on an annual basis, the NZIOB Charitable Trust has an active fundraising programme in place. The Trust’s next event occurs the day before France’s Les Bleus play the All Blacks at Westpac Stadium, with a rugby themed a fundraising luncheon with Sir John Kirwan. Table and single ticket sales for this Friday 15th of June event in Wellington, can be obtained via the NZIOB Charitable Trust website, while the event flyer can be downloaded here.