What a Legacy!

Previously a long-time resident of Ohope, Vic Davis’s commitment to supporting others endures past his
lifetime through the charitable trust he established: The Vic Davis Memorial Trust.

The key purpose of the Vic Davis Memorial Trust is to support individuals, particularly those from the

Eastern Bay of Plenty, and organisations across the country, in their study and research in the field of

mental health. Vic was somewhat ahead of his time in his concern that study and research into mental

health issues be supported this has turned into an excellent opportunity for people studying in that field,

who have Eastern Bay connections.

Since its inception in 2009, twenty three tertiary students with strong connections to the Eastern Bay of

Plenty have received funds, totalling $265,000. 11 of those recipients were awarded Vic Davis Trust

scholarships more than once. Their study ranged from undergraduate through to post-graduate level.

Local recipients for the 2018 academic year are:

Jan Hudson – Post-graduate psychotherapy study

Ruth Papuni - 3 rd year of study for a Bachelor of Addiction Studies

Julia Wikeepa – 3 rd year of study for a Bachelor of Social Sciences

Hollie Oswald – Post-graduate study in the Masters of Social Work programme

Jesse Wood – Post-graduate study in Psychology

Rebekah Doherty – study in the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery programme

Jessica Steadman – 3 rd year of post-graduate study for a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

“The Vic Davis Trust provides a fantastic opportunity to tertiary students within the Eastern Bay of Plenty,”

said Trust chairperson Jude Wilson “While scholarships are not limited to those from the Bay, those with

strong Eastern Bay connections do have a slight advantage, in keeping with Vic’s wishes,” she added. “So

spread the word and make sure those who might be eligible do know about the opportunity.”

Applications are considered once, annually, with applications closing on the 31st July each year. Full

details of the application process, the criteria and the application forms are available on the Trust website:

www.vicdavistrust.co.nz . Applications will only be accepted on the application forms provided on the

website and all queries with regard to the criteria or process should be emailed to:


Additional grants have been made from the Vic Davis Memorial Trust to assist Rotary exchange students.