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Neil Gow Memorial Scholarship

Neil Gow Memorial Scholarship

Neil Gow was a Lincoln University alumnus, retired staff member, University friend and colleague. Born in rural Southland and brought up in Dunedin where he attended John McGlashan College, Neil entered Lincoln College in 1958 and graduated BAgrSc in 1961. He joined the Farm Management staff in 1964 and retired in 2007 as a Senior Lecturer. He was on the Executive of the Students’ Association in his student days and President and Executive Member of the Alumni Association in retirement. In 2016, Neil was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Lincoln University Alumni Association (LUAA) in recognition of his dedication to the LUAA, the University and students. The title ‘Mr Lincoln’ conveys the breadth and depth of his personal commitment and unique contributions to the University locally, nationally and internationally. 

This Scholarship has been established in memory of Neil and his life-long association with the University and the LUAA.


1. Purpose
The Neil Gow Memorial Scholarship was established to support Lincoln University students to assist with study or travel expenses to attend a conference, compete or train at a sporting event, or attend an overseas exchange to another university.

2. Number / value
 One or more scholarships may be offered annually to a full-time student (second year and above) studying at Lincoln University.  The annual value of the scholarship shall be a minimum of $2500 towards travel or study expenses.

3. Eligibility
(a) Applicants must be full time students who are second year or above at Lincoln University.
(b) Applicants must be New Zealand Citizens or Permanent Residents. 

4. Selection criteria
The criteria for selection will be:

(a) Academic Merit
(b) Evidence of demonstrated ability and commitment in one or more of the following areas: 

  • Agribusiness and farm management or similar disciplinary areas;
  •  An approved overseas exchange to another university;
  • Compete or train in a sport at an elite level.

Preference may be given to students who have not previously received financial support from scholarships, awards or bursaries.

5. Selection Committee
The scholarship shall be awarded by representatives of the Lincoln University Alumni Association Executive, and a nominee from Lincoln University’s Alumni and Development Office. The Executive may request the applicant attend an interview in person or by video call as part of the selection process.

The Executive may refrain from making an award if it finds no candidate adequately meets the selection criteria. 

6. Tenure
The scholarship is tenable for one year. Previous recipients are eligible to reapply in subsequent years.
(a) The successful candidate agrees to provide a brief report at the completion of the scholarship along with a personal profile, with photo, for use in Alumni Association publications.
(b) The successful candidate may be required to attend an Alumni Association event to promote the Scholarship at the request of the Association.

7. Application and related documents
The application form is available here and regulations are available here

Applications close 31 October with:

Scholarships Office
Lincoln University
PO Box 85084
Lincoln 7647