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Congratulations to the 2021 Jann Medlicott Creative Arts Scholarship recipient

Congratulations to the 2021 Jann Medlicott Creative Arts Scholarship recipient

We are delighted to announce the 2021 recipient of the Jann Medlicott Creative Arts Scholarship: Ellie Smith!

Announcing the first winner of the FAME Emerging Practitioner Award

Announcing the first winner of the FAME Emerging Practitioner Award

Contemporary dancer, Persia Thor-Poet, was unanimously selected by the NZ School of Dance’s Scholarship Committee.

Acorn Foundation partners with Tauranga-based FAME Trust

Acorn Foundation partners with Tauranga-based FAME Trust

Founded in 2007, the FAME (Fund for Acting and Musical Endeavours) Trust has long provided support for young and mid-career artists.

Celebrating the Dale Carnegie 2021 Scholarship Winners

Celebrating the Dale Carnegie 2021 Scholarship Winners

Scholarship winners from local schools were in high spirits as they completed the 2021 Dale Carnegie Youth Programme yesterday.

Winners of the 2021 Christine Tustain Sports Award announced

Winners of the 2021 Christine Tustain Sports Award announced

The winners of the 2021 Christine Tustain Sports Award chosen by Sport Bay of Plenty are Hannah Gapes and Joseph Smythe.

Charities and local organisations benefit from the distribution of the 2018 Funding from the Acorn Foundation!

Charities and local organisations benefit from the distribution of the 2018 Funding from the Acorn Foundation!

Over $930,000 was distributed in August 2018 to 123 charities and organisations in the region.

The latest round of Scholarships and Awards from the Acorn Foundation recognise excellence in our community

The latest round of Scholarships and Awards from the Acorn Foundation recognise excellence in our community

Our team was busy with award events during July 2018 and awarding these prizes on behalf of our donors is one of the most rewarding parts of our jobs. These scholarships, and others we have available…

A love story of convents, spitfires and generosity - meet our wonderful donors Mary McGowan and her late husband Roy

A love story of convents, spitfires and generosity - meet our wonderful donors Mary McGowan and her late husband Roy

Read about our fascinating Acorn donors, 92-year-old Brunei born Mary McGowan, who spent the war years at the Chijmes convent in Singapore, and her English husband, Roy, who was an RAF squadron leader…

2018 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize: Congratulations to this year's winner Pip Adam, author of The New Animals

2018 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize: Congratulations to this year's winner Pip Adam, author of The New Animals

The Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, valued at $52,000, is given away at the Ockham NZ Book Awards each year.  

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