Next Step Scholarships for R. Tucker Thompson Trainees

The R. Tucker Thompson Sail Training Trust is pleased to offer scholarship
opportunities for our Tucker Trainees, to support their growth further. We have partnered
with three fantastic organisations the University of Waikato, the University
of Otago, and Outward Bound to support former trainees to access more life-changing experiences.

University of Waikato

There is a dedicated R. Tucker Thompson scholarship for a Tucker Trainee to the value of $10,000 for the academic year 2025.

University of Waikato offers flexible undergrad programs, top-notch faculty, and world-class research facilities. Graduates excel in diverse careers, making a degree from Waikato a pathway to success. Find out more about the University of Waikato here

What is included: One  $10,000 scholarship for study commencing 2025

Who can apply: New full-time undergraduate students who have attended an R. Tucker Thompson Youth Voyage in the last five years and intend to enrol for the first time in 2025

How to apply:

  • Apply directly to Waikato University here by 15 Sept 2024
  • Provide your voyage dates and the names of your crew. Contact Kelly our Youth Manager at for this information
  • Complete an interview with a representative from University of Waikato and two Tucker Trustees

University of Otago

Since 2016 we have partnered with Otago University and they have been researching our trainees before and after voyages and undertaking more in-depth follow-up interviews.

The University of Otago provides a research-led learning environment with a richly deserved reputation for excellence. As a university community, we are committed to tackling big global challenges and educating the next generation of professionals across a wide range of disciplines.   

Otago University offers a range of undergraduate entrance scholarships, recognising academic excellence, leadership qualities, ethnicity, financial hardship, disability, and excellence in sporting or cultural pursuits. You don’t need to worry about applying for specific scholarships, you will be considered for all applicable scholarships when you apply, make sure to mention that you are a Tucker Trainee in your application.

Find out more about the University of Otago here including their entrance scholarships

Outward Bound

The Outward Bound scholarship is for an 8-day Mind Body Soul Compact course – valued at $3,500 (travel and medical not included) and suitable for rangatahi aged 16-18. There are four places available.

In a supportive environment, you will have the opportunity to develop a positive identity and mindset to tackle challenges head on […] You will leave motivated and inspired to make a positive difference in your own life and those of others. Find out more about Outward Bound here   

What is included: 8-day Mind Body Soul Compact course – valued at $3,500 (note travel and medical costs not included). Course dates 6 – 13 October 2024

Who can apply: Four places available for Tucker Trainees, aged 16-18 years. You will be in the same watch as 3 other Tucker trainees

How to apply:

  • Apply here by 31 July 2024
  • Outward Bound and R. Tucker Thompson will select the trainees
  • If selected complete an Outward Bound enrolment and medical form (medical costs not covered)
  • You must book and pay for your own travel to/from Picton.