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Dennis Moore Memorial Scholarship

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About the scholarship

The Dennis Moore Memorial Scholarship is to enable West Coast young people, who reside there permanently, to gain a scholarship to further their education.

When does the fund open?

Applications for 2023 are now closed. Applications will open again around September 2024.

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How to apply

Application forms are sent to West Coast schools every year before the application process opens. They are also available on this page (while applications are open) to download directly if you prefer.

Applications are now closed for 2023 and will open again around September 2024. Date TBC.

Click here to view and download the terms of reference.

The application form will be available here in September.

Once your application has been received, your nominated referee will be emailed a short form to be completed and returned back to Presbyterian Support Upper South Island. 

Where to start

For further information, please contact either:

Pip Riley
Presbyterian Support
P. 0800 477 874 or  03 363 8201


Thelma Efford
Uniting Church Council, Greymouth
P. 03 768 6414

The awards committee

Andrew Johnston
Dennis Moore relative and Presbyterian Support Board Chair

Barry Helem
Presbyterian Support Upper South Island CEO

Thelma Efford
Uniting Church Council member

West Coast

Where it started

The Reverend Dennis Moore was a Presbyterian Minister who served in the parish of Ross, South Westland, for many years. Throughout his life and ministry, Dennis showed a keen interest in people and was especially concerned for young people in need.

When he died in 1999 he left a bequest to Presbyterian Support. After discussions with his family, Presbyterian Support believed it appropriate to set aside $10,000 of his bequest per annum to form a permanent legacy to his commitment to young people on the West Coast.

Following further consultation with the Union parishes on the West Coast and the Moore family, Presbyterian Support established a fund to enable young people permanently residing on the West Coast to gain a scholarship to further their education. The fund also promotes life skills programmes in schools, and provides training of youth leaders.

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