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Sign Language Interpreting Scholarship, New Zealand

Sign Language scholarships at the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Job Description: The Sign Language Interpreting Scholarship is in place to support students who want to train as sign language interpreters and who intend to work with children in the education sector.
Priority will be given to applicants who are fluent in te reo M?ori or a language in addition to English that is used by children who attend early childhood centres and schools in New Zealand; and to those who have support from their Iwi or Ministry of Education Special Education regional office. Scholarships will also be available to those without a second spoken language who have proven academic ability and hardship.

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As there is only one course available in New Zealand, scholarship recipients who have had to relocate to Auckland to attend the course or who are regularly travelling in excess of 50km to attend class may be eligible for travel and accommodation assistance to a maximum of $3000 a year on top of their scholarship payment.
What is the purpose of the award?
The Ministry is offering these scholarships to both help build the capability of the sign language interpreting workforce and to provide children from a range of cultural backgrounds with more culturally responsive services.

Duration and structure of study: There is one course of study supported by this scholarship:
* The Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must:
* be accepted onto the course listed above.
You are not entitled to this study award if you:
* are not accepted onto the course listed above
* are repeating failed courses.
What does the scholarship provide?
* $3,000 per year of study
* travel and accommodation assistance up to $3,000 per year (if eligible).

Application Closing Date: 17 September 2010

How to apply
Apply for the Sign Language Interpreting Scholarship by completing the application form and sending it to the contact for your region.
Far North to Auckland
Wiremu Manaia, Pouwhakarewa Matauranga, Northern Region
Ministry of Education, Private Bag 92644, Symonds Street, Auckland 1150
Phone 09 632 9345, email [email protected] [no spam]
Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay

Kris MacDonald, Pouwhakarewa Matauranga, Central North Region
Ministry of Education, PO Box 774, Hamilton 3240
Phone 07 850 8884, email [email protected]

Taranaki, Manawatu-Whanganui, Wellington

Tuti Katene, Pouwhakarewa Matauranga, Central South Region
Ministry of Education, PO Box 30177, Lower Hutt 5040
Phone 04 439 4699, email [email protected]

South Island

Study Awards and Scholarships Advisor
Ministry of Education, PO Box 1666, Wellington 6140
Phone 04 463 7065, email [email protected]


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