Mary Sutherland Scholarship

When the NZIF Foundation was established by the New Zealand Institute of Forestry in December 2011, the Trustees agreed to take over the Mary Sutherland Scholarship.


The Mary Sutherland Scholarship is open to students enrolled for a forestry or forestry related course at a New Zealand Polytechnic.

It recognises excellence at the student level and forestry aspirations

In assessing applications, the judges will have regard to:

  • Academic record;
    • Student background and forestry aspirations;
    • Presentation of application and communication of ideas.


The Mary Sutherland Scholarship is funded from the Foundation’s general funding.

Size and term of Award

An annual award of up to $1,000 is usually offered.


Applications should be made in writing and provide the following information:

  • The applicant’s name, institution and course enrolled for Undergrad award. 
  • Applicant’s contacts (Email and phone)
  • Statement setting out:
    • Your academic history
    • Your forestry experience
    • Your aspirations and interests in the forestry profession
    • Hobbies and interests
    • Proposed use of the award
    • Why you should receive the award
    • Copy of your CV
    • details of any prizes, grants or scholarships received as part of your study
    • Other supporting information

Details (names, contact details, and position) of two staff members at the institution you are enrolled at who can attest to your achievements and characteristics


Mary Sutherland was the first woman forestry graduate from a British Commonwealth University, gaining her B.Sc. in forestry at Bangor University, North Wales.  She emigrated to New Zealand and was appointed to the Forest Service in 1925.  Mary was a founding member of the Institute of Forestry in 1927 and served on the Council, including a term as Vice President.  She also designed the Institute’s rimu and mountain logo, still in use today.





2018 Georgia Paulson, a second-year student in the Level 6 Diploma in Forest Management at Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology, Rotorua  $1,000


Pauline Edge, a second year student in the Level 6 Diploma in Forest Management at Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology, Rotorua



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Jody Tonga, a national diploma in forest management student at Waiariki Institute of Technology, Rotorua



Larissa Anderson, a National Diploma in Forest Management student at Waiariki Institute of Technology, Rotorua


Applications must be received by the Foundation administrator ([email protected]) no later than 5pm on Tuesday 17th July 2019. 

The awards will be announced at the Awards Dinner of the NZ Institute of Forestry Conference in Christchurch 26th August 2019.  For details of the conference see