Geoff Walsh Memorial Scholarship Fund


HVE and the Geoff Walsh Memorial Scholarship Committee took great pleasure in awarding scholarships to four successful applicants in 2019.

This page will announce when the Scholarship Committee is ready to receive applications for the 2020 Geoff Walsh Memorial Scholarship Fund! Watch this space!

In the meantime, check out below for general details and eligibility criteria.


It gives us great pleasure to inform you that added to the $3000 dedicated to the fund annually by HVE itself, a further $5000 has thus far been donated to the scholarship for you to receive financial assistance and encouragement to pursue your interest and endeavours to benefit the heavy vehicle transport industry. Geoff Walsh himself received such a scholarship in 1983, which enabled him to travel to Australia and Canada to study the design of dynamic behavior of heavy vehicles. Upon what he learned, personal enrichment and lifelong relationships developed, he built and invested in a career of invaluable and personally fulfilling service to the industry.

And now, such an opportunity is open to you.

Am I eligible?

This offer is open to Full Members, Affiliate Members and Student Members of the HVE Group who wish to undertake some form of education, training, professional development or research. Are you a new and perhaps younger engineer just starting out and keen to widen your knowledge and expertise in a certain field? Are you a more seasoned engineer with a particular interest you wish to explore, probe and investigate more deeply?

In addition to the more formal training opportunities, it is recognised that in present times there are a number of engineers-in-training who need contact time with one or more senior HVSC Engineers to progress. The HVE Committee recognises this as a valid form of professional development and therefore encourages applications for financial assistance to enable such informal training possibilities to be maximised. The HVE Committee regards the timely “graduation” of new HVSCs into the system as a high priority to relieve the current pressures on the industry.

We encourage all HVE Members to recognise the opportunity this presents to develop personally and professionally and to become better equipped to contribute to the benefit, excellence and safety of heavy vehicle engineering in New Zealand.

How is the scholarship distributed?

A scholarship may be granted up to the value of $8000 per year. It may be awarded to one recipient or divided among two or more recipients. It may also be awarded in a single year or over multiple years. Any scholarships not awarded in any particular year will accumulate and may be granted later. HVE, or other sources, may even offer additional funding if requested by the Selection Committee. The scholarship may cover any form of cost including, but not limited to, course fees, travel, accommodation, purchase of resource material.

What are my obligations?

If successful, after completing the activity received as a result of this scholarship, you may be asked by HVE to share skills or information gained in a presentation to a Conference or other meeting of the HVE Group or wider industry. If anything else is expected of you, this will be made clear prior to the scholarship being granted, or in mutual agreement with you.

What do I do now?

Please complete the attached Application Form. Your application will be received by the HVE Committee and forwarded to the Selection Committee who will assess all applications and decide who should receive the Scholarship. Successful recipients of the Geoff Walsh Memorial Scholarship Fund will be announced at the following HVE AGM. It is acceptable to apply for funding needs which precede the timing of the AGM. Please be prepared to supply further information, including referees, if required by the Selection Committee and do take note that the decision of the Selection Committee is binding and not open to debate.

What am I waiting for?

Open the Application Form and apply now!

Application Form

Applications are not yet open for 2020. 

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