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.


The Programme

TDF’s scholarship programme is all about delivering financial support and mentoring that levels the playing field for young sports women with plenty of potential who have financial and/or circumstantial hardship. The aim is to help them to achieve their potential, develop as a person and make a difference in their communities. This will help them to enjoy the benefits and skills gained through competitive sport such as goalsetting, working as part of a team, self-esteem and camaraderie.


TDF’s 3-year scholarships provide financial assistance, one-on-one support and personal development opportunities.


During the scholarship, there is an expectation that TDF scholarship recipients will ‘pay it forward’ in some way. For example, coaching a junior sports team, talking to a group of aspiring young sports people, volunteering or mentoring a younger TDF scholarship recipient.

Student 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 an award.

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’.

For our inaugural Class of 2018, TDF have 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

Our Scholarship Recipients