George & Jill Butler Scholarship

Acorn donors George and Jill Butler generously donated this annual scholarship for Te Puke High School. The scholarship is worth $30,000 paid over three years and will provide incredible help to students heading off to full-time tertiary education.

The main purpose of the scholarship is to assist academically able and motivated pupils of Te Puke High School to attain a tertiary qualification, who because of financial hardship may not otherwise be able to undertake a tertiary programme of study. The basis of selection will be academic merit, motivation to succeed and “in straitened circumstances” (which encompasses more than just difficult financial circumstances). 

Please contact Te Puke High School directly for more information. 

George & Jill Butler - Background

George was born in England in 1930 and first visited Te Puke in 1954 to visit family friends. The family he was visiting had started an orchard, but due to illness had to sell. George managed to buy it and and stayed in Te Puke until 1962, when he sold and moved to Te Puna. 

Jill was born in Te Puke maternity annex in 1933. Her father Henry Neal Carpenter together with Jack Conway founded the partnership of Conway & Carpenter Electricians in 1930. The same business is still operating today – 90 years later. Jill was educated at Te Puke Primary School and, after moving away for several years, returned to Te Puke and became Head Girl at Te Puke High School in 1950. 

Both George and Jill  have a long affiliation with Te Puke and though they haven’t lived there in recent years it is the place of their roots, and close to their hearts.