Recognising outstanding rangatahi in care

Every year outstanding young people in care have their achievements recognised with scholarships that help them pursue their dreams. Nominations are now open for the 2018 William Wallace awards.

Published on
16 Aug 2018
William Wallace Award winners 2017

Do you know a deserving young person?

The William Wallace Awards are a chance to recognise and celebrate the remarkable things young people in care have done, despite significant challenges they may have experienced throughout their life.

The monetary scholarship as part of the award will help each recipient follow their dreams – whether that’s tertiary study, courses to help with their career or leadership development. The generosity of corporates, organisations and philanthropists make these scholarships possible.

Who is eligible

Any young person currently in care, or who has recently come out of care, is eligible to be nominated for an award. Recipients will be invited to Wellington in December for a day of activities, peer networking, and a special award ceremony.

Anyone can make a nomination. Those who work closely with young people – including caregivers, teachers, social workers, whānau and community representatives – should think about who they can put forward.

Nominate a young person now

Nominations are currently open for the 2018 awards. Make sure to submit a nomination by 5pm, 21 September.

Receiving a William Wallace Award can be life changing for a young person.

A stepping stone to a bright future

“To be acknowledged with a William Wallace Award is a special, incredible achievement,” says Oranga Tamariki Chief Executive Gràinne Moss.

Last year’s recipients used the scholarship for study across all fields, including trade skills, social work, and animation. Others attended Outward Bound outdoor education programmes, or used the monetary scholarship for their personal development on a Spirit of Adventure voyage.

2017 WWA winner Karlee 3
2017 William Wallace Award winner - Karlee

One recipient, Karlee, wants to pursue social work as a career to help those who are going through a similar journey to her.

“I want to make sure that the kids of tomorrow have a better experience than I had,” Karlee says.

The Girls’ Friendly Society Award she received will help pay her tertiary fees to make this reality.