Local funding support for those studying or researching in the field of Mental Health

Mental Health challenges are often highlighted in our media so it’s good to know that there is support

available for those studying in this field. 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 and organisations, in the Bay and

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 and his legacy

provides an excellent opportunity for people studying in that field.

Since its inception in 2009, thirty five tertiary students or researchers have received funds from the trust,

totalling $555,000. 14 of those recipients were awarded Vic Davis Trust scholarships or grants more than

once. Those receiving study scholarships ranged from undergraduate through to post-graduate level.

“The Vic Davis Trust provides a fantastic opportunity to tertiary students within the 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

from organisations undertaking research in the field of mental health are also considered.

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.