Scholarships & Awards


How to Apply for a 2020 Scholarship

Applications for the Sir Arthur Sims Scholarship, John Wilson Scholarship and ANV Dobbs Scholarship are invited from CBHS Old Boys who meet the criteria.  The amount of each scholarship will be determined by the financial performance of the funds in the trust and also on the number of applicants.  The values below are an estimate only of amounts available in 2020.

Awards for Extended Scholarships are dependent on students maintaining satisfactory progress and on the university result.

  1. Application forms can be obtained from the CBHS website from October (refer links below) or an application form can be collected from the School Office.
  2. There is one form for school leavers (first year) and a different form for those who are applying for an extended scholarship for subsequent years of study.
  3. You can complete the form electronically and email, or print and complete by hand.
  4. Supporting information is set out on the application form and should accompany the application. Information will be required to confirm university enrolment and course.
  5. Completed applications (with supporting documents) can be emailed, posted, or left at the School Office.
  6. Send completed applications or direct enquiries to:

                Jenny Lowe, Executive Assistant to the Headmaster

                PO Box 8157, Christchurch 8440


       7. Closing date for applications is 28 February 2020.

       8. Scholarships will be awarded at a Scholars Assembly in May 2020.

Sir Arthur Sims Scholarship

(by application)
Tenable for Degree Courses at Lincoln University

Established by Lady Sims in memory of her late husband, Sir Arthur Sims, himself an Old Boy and generous benefactor of Christchurch Boys’ High School. Available to students intending to study a degree course at Lincoln University. The award of these scholarships is conditional on gaining Level 3 NCEA 60 credits in achievement and/or unit standards over 3, 4 or 5 subjects. This is a supplement to other scholarships including sports scholarships. These scholarships may be continued in subsequent years (upon application each year) provided satisfactory academic performance is maintained. 

Click here for the school leaver application form.  Click here for the 'extended' application form.

The value of the scholarship in 2019 was $1,500.


ANV Dobbs Memorial Scholarships 

(by application)
Tenable Preference for a University Bachelor of Commerce Degree

Available for students who are about to enter University. Preference is given to those studying for the Bachelor of Commerce degree. This Scholarship will be awarded based on the current year's Level 3 NCEA results (all subjects). This scholarship is available for the first three years of study provided satisfactory academic performance is maintained.

Click here for the school leaver application form.  Click here for the 'extended' application form.

The value of the scholarship in 2019 was $700.00


John Wilson Memorial Scholarships

(by application)
Tenable for Science Degree Courses at University of Canterbury

Established by Mrs DMF Wilson in memory of her son John. Awarded to student/students intending to study towards completing a Science degree at the University of Canterbury.

Click here for the school leaver application form.  Click here for the 'extended' application form.

The value of the scholarship in 2019 was $500 - $1,000.


AD Tench Awards

Tenable for Science Degree Courses at a NZ University

Established in the memory of Anthony Duncan Tench an Old Boy, for students taking a Science Course (pure science, engineering, medicine) at a New Zealand University. Up to three awarded annually. The awards are made following NCEA Level 3 examination results in consultation with the HOD of Science.

The value of the scholarship in 2019 was $500.


Bickerton-Widdowson Scholarships

Tenable for University of Canterbury for students who gain NCEA Level 3 Scholarship(s)

Established in 1950, these scholarships are for students of Christchurch Boys’ High School proceeding to study at Canterbury University. They are awarded to students for each NCEA Level 3 Scholarship gained.

The maximum value payable for this scholarship is $10,000 in total for the current year.


JF Moffat Scholarship

Tenable for Chemistry Degree Courses at the University of Canterbury

Established by an Old Boy John F Moffat. This scholarship is awarded to a student who intends studying chemistry at the University of Canterbury and is awarded following the NCEA Level 3 examination results in consultation with the HOD Science. 

The value of the scholarship is $500 (approx).


Ngaere Leggat Scholarship

Tenable for an Adams House Student

The Ngaere Leggat Scholarship was established by Mrs Ngaere Leggat in 1959. In awarding the Scholarship, consideration is given to scholastic achievement, qualities of manhood, devotion to duty, sympathy for and encouragement and protection of those weaker than himself, kindness, unselfishness and fellowship; exhibition of moral force of character and of instinct to lead and taken an interest in his fellows; fondness for or ability in sports.

The value of the scholarship is $400.


Malcolm Brannagh Allen Scholarship

Tenable for an Adams House Student studying Telecommunications and/or Engineering

Established by Mr and Mrs AL Allen in memory of their son, a hostel boy who was at school from 1959-63. The annual scholarship is available to assist a Year 12 or Year 13 student at Adams House. The award is made to a boy who is of good all-round ability and of good character; intends attending a NZ University or Polytechnic to study telecommunications and/or engineering; and is in need of financial assistance. 

The value of the scholarship is $2,000.


Deans Scholar


The Deans Scholarship was founded in memory of RG Deans, a Senior Monitor of the school and one of the most distinguished leaders in character and athletics. The Scholarship, with which is given a bronze medal and a sum of approximately $2,000, is awarded at the end of his last year to the boy who in the highest degree exhibits the qualities of intellect, athletic ability, leadership and character. 

 Centennial Award


The Centennial Award, in the name of Christchurch Boys’ High School Old Boys’ Association, recognises the founding of the Association in 1912. The award is to a Year 13 student who has, during this past year performed to, or contributed at an exceptional level nationally and/or internationally. In the pursuit of his achievements, the recipient has enhanced the name of Christchurch Boys’ High School through his manner and his commitment, and he has provided a fine role model for all other students at the school.

The Centennial Award provides the recipient with a gold medal and $1,000.

The Peter England and Family Community Relations Award

The Peter England and Family Community Relations Award was established by Peter England in 2014. The award is to encourage excellence and the development of Community Leaders from amongst the students of Christchurch Boys’ High School who have the potential to go and make a positive difference to both Christchurch and New Zealand (including community service abroad in developing countries), having regard to the promotion of purposes of the New Zealand Human Rights Act 1993 and its regulations and amendments or any enactment in the substitution thereof (this includes the Race Relations Commission) and prevention of violence and drug use minimisation may also be taken into account.

Without limiting the purposes for which applications may be made, volunteer service abroad through recognised organisations, youth leadership programmes and support to participate in general community service activities will be considered. Preference will be given to Adams House students, though any student in the school may apply. Awards may be for a period of time during which the awardee is a student of the school, or to facilitate these purposes, for some period of time in the year immediately following the student’s leaving school. The award may be extended for longer if the funds are available. 

Application Process

Students may apply at any time of the year by submitting an application form to the Headmaster. The application form is available here or from the Headmaster’s Executive Assistant at the School Office. If the Headmaster deems the application is worthy of further consideration he will call a meeting of the Award Committee. The Award Committee may wish to interview the applicant or may make a decision based on the documentation provided.

The Awards Committee will have approximately $7,000 per annum available for distribution.