Ballance scholarships

Each year we offer up to four scholarships to provide a financial boost to students wanting to help shape the future of New Zealand's agricultural sector.


Every year we offer up to four Ballance scholarships valued at $4000 each, to provide a financial boost to students wanting to help shape the future of New Zealand’s agricultural industry.

Because we’re always looking toward the future, we’re looking to attract and support curious minds and talent from a range of fields of study - so New Zealand’s agribusiness sector can continue to lead the world in best practice and innovation.

The scholarships are to subsidise study at a tertiary level in any field related to agri-business or the primary sector - but aren’t limited to on-farm and farm advisory roles. There are a wealth of opportunities to shape the future of New Zealand’s food production across a range of professions including food science, through to patent law, accounting and chemical engineering.

Scholarship applications are open to all New Zealanders, of any age - and the scholarship can be held for up to three years.

2022 Scholarship applications are open now and close on 31 October 2021.

Click here to submit your application!


Our 2021 scholarship winners

Joe Ward: Three year scholarship
Joe Ward is studying a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Canterbury. Joe endeavours to gain the skills to better integrate his agricultural and scientific research background into the commercial sector.
Sarah Wilson: Three year scholarship
Sarah Wilson is studying Agricultural Business at Massey University. Sarah intends to jump right into the rural sector after her study to help farmers in any way she can with the skills and knowledge she would have gained from her time at University.
Lily Brankin: Three year scholarship
Lily Brankin is studying a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture) at Lincoln University. Post degree Lily would like to become a farm consultant or Agronomist.
Yeun An: Three year scholarship
Yeun An is studying a bachelor of Agricultural Science at Massey University. Yeun has strong family connections to the sheep and beef sector through generations of her family and post degree would like to explore the sales and marketing part of the agribusiness industry.
Olivia Buick: One year scholarship
Olivia Buick is studying a Bachelor of Agricultural science at Massey University. Olivia would like to be involved in the Agricultural sector with emphasis on the dairy industry advising farmers on the most suitable products for their land to ensure they have their best foot forward for their future.
Mac Williams: One year scholarship
Mac Williams is studying a Bachelor of Vet Science at Massey University. Mac would like to work with New Zealand and International agriculture sectors to build more sustainable farming practises and educate the public further as to how each individual can play their part in a sustainable future.
Joel Clement: One year scholarship
Joel Clement is studying a Bachelor of commerce majoring in Environmental Management at the University of Otago. After completing his degree Joel would like to find a job in the rural community as a rural banker, accountant or another role commerce-based job in the agriculture industry to benefit them as much as possible.