Graduate Women Wellington-Ella C Wilson Music Award




Victoria University of Wellington



31 October 2024


The award is to support students of the New Zealand School of Music who are enrolled full time in either an undergraduate or postgraduate music degree and have applied, or be about to apply, to study for a BMusHons, PGDip, MMus, MMA, MTherapy, PhD, or DMA degree in any of the disciplines at the NZSM in the year following the scholarship application, with a preference given to Masters students. Funds will only be awarded upon confirmation of postgraduate enrolment at the NZSM.


Eligibility criteria

Must be female students (applicants must identify as female, including cis-gendered and trans-gendered) at the New Zealand School of Music.

Applicants must be enrolled in a degree at the NZSM, and be accepted to and enrolled in a postgraduate music degree, with preference given to Masters applicants.

Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

Financial hardship may be taken into consideration.

Selection criteria

The award shall be open to female students who are enrolled at the NZSM, and intending to study a higher-level postgraduate degree at the NZSM. Confirmation of enrolment required.

Selection will be based on academic excellence with preference being given to Masters, Honours then Undergraduate students, in that order.

Award History

The award was established in memory of a bequest made by Ella C Wilson who was a long serving staff member of Napier Girls’ High School, teaching English and French. She came to Wellington when she retired as Deputy Principal. Ella was a Wellingtonian and completed a Bachelor of Music at Victoria University of Wellington prior to becoming a teacher. Her father died suddenly when she was 24, and her own dreams of doing any postgraduate study were lost at that time. Ella had seen Rachmaninov play when on a overseas trip and counted it a highlight of her life.