What is the Future Legends Scholarship?

The scholarship has been developed to support and nurture talented young Kiwis from a range of disciplines. MTF Finance will award six $5,000 cash prizes, over two rounds throughout the year.

Applications are open to New Zealanders aged 13-21 years. Winners will be chosen from three categories:

  • Sport
  • Leaders and entrepreneurs
  • Music and the arts
FLS Round 2 winners

Round 2 winners

The second round of the MTF Finance Future Legends Scholarship was won by motorcyclist Cormac Buchanan, musician Analise Twemlow and Kairos, a social enterprise founded by Charlotte Print and Nandini Singh. Congratulations to them all!

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Round 1 winners

The inaugural MTF Finance Future Legends Scholarship winners are s­portswoman Claudia Kelly, musician Cory Newman and entrepreneur John Hopcroft.

The scholarship


Sport
- As a country, we punch above our weight on the podiums of the world, and it starts with the grassroots. Whether you’re a ‘young gun’ representing at national competitions or need the tools to compete on the world stage, the MTF Finance Future Legends Scholarship can help get you there.

Leaders and entrepreneurs - Many of our young people aspire to make New Zealand a better place to live and thrive. From inspiring community change, championing the under-served in society or making a mark through invention or collaboration, we want to help young society and business leaders who are doing great things.

Music and the arts - Performance and artistry often face an uphill struggle to get funded! This scholarship aims to reward the passion and commitment of New Zealand’s young and inspirational creatives. If you’ve set your sights on fame through art, dance, music or theatre, we want to help.

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Purpose

Since 1970 MTF Finance has been helping New Zealanders to do more. This scholarship provides young Kiwis with the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skill, so they can take on new challenges and experiences that may not otherwise be available.

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Who can apply?

MTF Finance is looking for the legends of tomorrow; the sporting greats, the performers, the change-makers. We're looking for promising New Zealanders aged 13-21 years.

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What you need to do

Applications are currently closed. We'll soon announce the date applications to round 3 open.

How we assess your application

Applications will be submitted to a process tailored to the three categories (sport, leaders and entrepreneurs and music and arts). The judging panel will consist of our CEO, Avalon Biddle (New Zealand Champion Motorcycle Racer and MTF Finance Future Legends Scholarship Ambassador) and an independent legendary sporting great, entertainer or change maker.

Scholarship selection is at the discretion of MTF Finance. To ensure your privacy, information on selection criteria and other applicant details are confidential.

For more information, see the Terms and Conditions

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Being the ambassador for a programme like this is a real privilege!

New Zealand champion motorcycle racer Avalon Biddle has been appointed the official ambassador for the programme. Biddle made sporting history in 2019 when she became the first woman to win New Zealand's Supersport 600 title, a coveted crown of New Zealand motorcycle racing.

Watch the video to learn more

Got a question?

Check out the Terms and Conditions or email scholarship@mtf.co.nz