THE SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME. +•- -'■;• DR. R.IDDELL'S VIEWS. When in Wellington recently, Dr. J. Riddle was interviewed on the. subject of the Trentham Dominion Scholarships Art Union, in which he ia keenly interested, and whoee energy has had a great deal to do with the success of the scheme. Dr. Riddle has shown, his practical sympathy'by the contribution of over £1000 to the fund in prizes.
"The fund," said Dr. Riddle, "was originated -by Colonel H. R. Potter, C.M.Gr., ■N'.Z.S.C, when he was Camp Commandant at Trentham Camp. Starting in a small way, the fund was so enthusiastically received by prominent gentlemen, that the scheme developed into a much more ambitious project than was originally considered. The trustees are: Major-Ueneral. Sir A. Robin, K.C.M.G., C.8., General Officer Commanding New Zealand Forces; Dr. W. J. Anderson, Director of Educa : tion; and Colonel Potter. "The objects of the fund can only be generally stated, since, until the amount subscribed is ascertained, it is impossible to ■determine the exact application, of the, money. , A broad outline of the ■'scheme, -However, can be given. It is a Dominion fund for uvery part of New Zealand, and the general. object is to promote or assist in the promotion of the education of the children of soldiers' of the' Now Zealand Expeditionary Forces who have been killed in this war. if funds permit, the children of members of any branch of his Majesty's . Forces who were on active service ■■during the war will be included so long as the parents were domiciled in New Zealand at the time of enlistment. In administering the funds, the necessities of the ehiltl and of his or her parent or parents and all surrounding circumstances will be taken into consideration. It is proposed to provide free places, scholarships, and bursaries at the various colleges, and furnish an alliowance m the case of each student, to enable him or her to go through with the . tuition. ■ ■ ; ' ■'"'■'.•
"Provided funds are available, there is also a scheme proposed to tako 50 of the children of those who made the supreme sacrifice, and to put those oO right through into their professions as architects, engineers, doctors, etc.; the people to act in loco parents. Four out of the. fifty children will be Maoris, for surely the Maoris have <t. claim upon us, considering their spfendid'share in the fighting. It is proposed to raise £100,000, and if that sum is reached, a great deal can- be dono with it for the children of New Zealand's heroes. It is up to ■ every .self-respecting New Zealander to put what he or she can afford into this fund, either as a donation or by purchasing tickets." 5
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SOLDIERS' CHILDREN, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9604, 8 May 1919
SOLDIERS' CHILDREN Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9604, 8 May 1919
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