Top non-honours female law student - 2016

The Canterbury Women in Law Association's scholarship honours the top non-honours female law student from the University Canterbury following the completion of her degree. No application is required as the recipient is chosen by way of recommendation by the Law School. The scholarship is a one off award of $500.

The scholarship winner for 2015 year was announced at the 2016 CWLA Christmas Luncheon held on 7 December at Bamboozle Restuarant in Christchurch.

Congratulations to Arezou Nobari.  Arezou is a barrister in Christchurch.

Previous scholarship recipients include:

Lady Dorothy Thompson scholarships -2017

The Lady Dorothy Thompson scholarships were established by Lady Thompson's family and are administered by the Canterbury Women in Law Association. Lady Thompson was the second woman to graduate with a law degree from Canterbury University.

Each year the top two women studying at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in Christchurch are awarded with this scholarship. The current amounts are $500 for the top student and $300 for the runner up.

The scholarships are presented annually at the Canterbury Women in Law Association's annual general meeting.

Current scholarship recipients: Josie Ganly (top student) and Kavinna Dhepyasuwan (runner up).

Previous scholarship recipients include:


Yvonne A M Smith Charitable Trust

Yvonne Smith Scholarship

The Yvonne Smith scholarship was set up to encourage and promote women as future leaders of New Zealand business and society. The value of the scholarship is up to $60,000. It is open to women of all ages giving preference to the subject areas of political studies, economics, business and law. The scholarship is awarded to the candidate who best exemplifies potential leadership in their field as well as demonstrating the potential to make a significant contribution to New Zealand.

This year's applications will close in December 2017 - date to be confirmed.

For more information, please visit


Other scholarship opportunities for women:

University of Canterbury








The University of Canterbury provides several scholarships specifically for women. These include:

For more information please refer to the University's scholarship website:


The New Zealand Federation of Women's Institutes









The New Zealand Federation of Women's Institutes provides scholarships specifically for women. These include:

For more information please refer to the Federations scholarship website:


Zonta Club of Christchurch-Canterbury





The Zonta Clubs of Canterbury offer a Zonta International Canterbury Tertiary Education Scholarship. This scholarship was established to assist women completing a tertiary course of study. The amount is up to $3,000 and the scholarship can run for up to three years. More information can be found here: