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Roger Harris (Waihou Valley Scheme) Scholarship

The Roger Harris (Waihou Valley Scheme) Scholarship is dedicated to helping students whose families live in the Waihou Piako zone rating area study civil engineering or resource management with a particular focus on river and catchment management. It provides up to $6000 toward the cost of university fees.

Roger Harris

This scholarship marks the contribution of the late Roger Harris (chief engineer to the then Hauraki Catchment Board 1959-1983) to the development and initial implementation of the Waihou Valley Scheme. This scheme – which includes river and catchment management infrastructure worth almost $130 million – covers a catchment of approximately 220,000 hectares on the eastern side of the Hauraki Plains and Thames Valley. It allows around an extra 50,000 hectares of land to be farmed safely.

Application information


All students whose families are resident within the Waihou Piako zone rating area (generally within Thames, Ngatea, Paeroa, Waihi, Te Aroha, Morrinsville, Matamata, Tirau and part of Putaruru).

Selection panel

Chairperson and local elected members of the Waikato Regional Council.

Term of scholarship

One year. Consideration may be given for an extension of one further year, subject to other applications received and satisfactory study progress.

Benefit to scholar

Up to $6000 for payment of university course fees.

Application process

Applicants should submit a CV,  including:

  • qualifications
  • copies of NCEA results
  • extra curricular activities and other information that demonstrates your skills and attributes.

Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application within 12 weeks of the closing date. Final acceptance of the chosen applicant will be dependent upon successful enrolment into university.

Where to send your application

Envelopes should be marked: Roger Harris Scholarship Application

The Chief Executive Officer
Waikato Regional Council
Private Bag 3038
Waikato Mail Centre
Hamilton 3240

Applications close

Friday, 14 February 2020

For more information

Please contact Macaela Flanagan on 07 949 7039 or email