Our Scholarship Programme is the first initiative in the pipeline and is in honour of Tania’s legacy of supporting young women in sport. Tania was a firm believer in the values of sport and how it teaches us the power of resilience, to win and lose graciously, to put team before self.

The programme is supporting talented young sportswomen, from all kinds of circumstances and at different stages of their development who will benefit from the support the Foundation can provide.

Tania Dalton Foundation aims to award 12 scholarships each year. The Scholarships will support the recipients over a three-year period providing financial assistance, one-on-one mentoring support and personal development opportunities.

The ultimate goal of the programme is for these young women to then ‘pay it forward’ and contribute back to their communities and continue the legacy for future generations.

Tania would be bursting with pride.

The Challenge

Sport has always played a huge part in New Zealand society. However, for many families, the cost, practical considerations and access to support, coaches and role models can represent a significant barrier. For some families, the ongoing financial and practical support of their talented child’s sporting aspirations can be extremely challenging or in some cases just not possible.

Scholarship Recipients 2021

Bree McCowatt

Surf Lifesaving, Ngatea, supported by Burton Partners.

Jyordanna Davey

Basketball, Wellington, supported by Paul & Liz Blackwell.

Kimberly Curry

Netball, Nelson, supported by Solution Street.

Luisa Togotogorua

Rugby, Auckland, supported by Goodman.

Marama Downes

Cricket, Auckland, supported by CBRE.

Melika Samia

Basketball, Tauranga, supported by RCP.

Mia McCausland

Touch Rugby, Auckland, supported by Bayleys Foundation.

Ruby Tawa

Rugby, Tauranga, supported by ASB.

Sade Kaipara-Morrison

Netball, Cambridge, supported by Prospect Group.

Sera Taei

Netball, Cambridge, supported by Rocky Road Runners.

Sylvia Brunt

Rugby, Auckland, supported by Colliers in conjunction with the Michael Synnott Charitable Trust.

Veisinia Mahutariki-Fakalelu

Touch Rugby, Hamilton, supported by Atlas Concrete.

Zoe Crawford

Surf Lifesaving, Auckland, supported by Vero Liability Insurance Ltd.

Scholarship Recipients 2020

Parris Mason

Netball, Inglewood, supported by Precinct.

Kenya Watene

Rugby, Kaitaia, supported by Pak n Save Kaitaia

Fiapalagi Lai Kong

Netball, Christchurch, supported by Vocus Group

K’Lee Begbie

Rugby, Putaruru, supported by Kerridge

Teri MacDonald

Water Polo, Hamilton, supported by Solution Street

Patricia Maliepo

Rugby, Panmure (Auckland), supported by Camel Space

Alana Paewai

Basketball, Hamilton, supported by Stride Property Group

Mile Naime

Athletics, Manurewa (Auckland), suuported by Zion Armstrong

Khiarna Williams

Netball, Whakatane, supported by Waterman Store

Maama Vaipulu

Volleyball, Papatoetoe (Auckland), supported by NZ 1st Financial Services

Ivari Christie

Netball, Morrinsville, supported by La-Z-Boy

Tara Turner

Touch, Whangarei, supported by Swisse

Scholarship Recipients 2019

Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu

Basketball, Auckland, supported by Oyster Property Group

Waiata Jennings

Basketball, Rotorua, supported by Rider Levett Bucknall

Vika Koloto

Netball, Auckland, supported by Barfoot & Thompson

Tenaija Fletcher

Rugby, Warkworth, supported by The Jurkovich Family

Taneisha Fifita

Netball, Oamaru, supported by The Magness Family

Quaye Walker-Eketone

Basketball, Raglan, supported by The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA)

Quantelle Hira-Kapua

Netball, Taupo, supported by Jarden

Princess Elliot

Touch, Auckland, supported by Archibald & Shorter North Shore

Paris Lokotui

Netball, Wellington, supported by LT McGuinness

Caterina Poletti

Rugby, Waitara, supported by KiwiBank

Amy Rule

Rugby, Riverton, supported by Russell Property Group

Briana Irving

Surf Lifesaving, Gisborne, supported by The Mairangi Collective

Scholarship Criteria

The Scholarship Programme is initially focused on supporting young females who are very talented at their chosen sport and able to demonstrate a significant level of financial and/or circumstantial hardship to be eligible for a scholarship.

We are looking for young women who demonstrate leadership and role model qualities, are hardworking and committed to excellence and have a desire to better themselves in life and their sport. Most importantly, we are looking for the willingness to ‘pay it forward’.

Scholarship Selection

To help identify worthy potential recipients, Tania Dalton Foundation has partnered with the following sporting codes, all of whom Tania and her family have a strong connection with, to identity talented and deserving young sports women.

Basketball, Surf Life Saving, Netball, Tennis, Rugby, Touch Rugby, Hockey, Volleyball

BRIANA IRVING, Eastern Regional Surf Lifesaving Champs, January 2020

Become a Scholarship Partner

Join the team by becoming one of our scholarhip partners. This provides you with the opportunity to transform the life of an extremely talented young sports woman with plenty of potential, but who has financial and/or circumstantial hardship.