For some nursing and midwifery students, the financial pressures and personal challenges become too overwhelming, blocking their success.


Those who pursue nursing or midwifery often have a selfless passion to care for others; it’s a career they feel they were born to do. We asked ourselves, how can we help them follow their calling to care for us all?


Partnering with Auckland City Hospital’s Nursing Development Unit | Manawa Awhi, we launched the Rise scholarship programme. It provides targeted, case-by-case, financial support to driven people who would not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue a career in healthcare.

Rise scholarships strengthen this vital workforce

We can’t change the world, but with a predicted shortfall of 15,000 nurses in Aotearoa by 2035, we need to ensure those who WANT to succeed in nursing CAN succeed in nursing.

That’s how you can help.

You can help passionate student nurses and midwives complete their training by providing targeted financial support for those who need it, tailored to where they need it. The Rise scholarship programme allows future nurses and midwives to learn without worrying about how they will make ends meet.

An incredible 99% of Rise scholarship recipients successfully complete their studies. And 100% of our graduates are offered paid employment at Auckland City Hospital.

From covering travel costs, parking, uniforms, textbooks and technology, to caring for children and supporting whānau, Rise scholarships give nursing and midwifery students the tools and resources they need to succeed.

Rise scholarships strengthen this vital workforce

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Rise scholarship nursing student: Eugenie Motulalo

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Eugenie (Genie) understands the importance of advocating for patients, reassuring them that their cultural values are respected, and showing them that the healthcare system is a safe place.

Genie’s mum was just 42 years old when she died from breast cancer. At 15, Genie became her mum’s primary carer, helping her through long stints at Auckland City Hospital.

Help students, like Genie, who would otherwise be unable to follow their calling and gain their nursing degree due to personal obstacles.

“The scholarship meant I could finally afford good textbooks and have decent nursing equipment.” Eugenie Motulalo


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Rise scholarship nursing graduate: Pritrisha Fuli George

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Two major life events sparked Pritisha’s passion for nursing. First, her baby daughter was in and out of hospital for a year with breathing difficulties; then, she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and needed healthcare herself.

Pritrisia decided to pursue nursing to help others through the challenges she had also faced.

“Becoming a nurse was my calling, but the cost of study and all that goes with that – from textbooks to childcare, technology needs and travel expenses – it was always going to be financially difficult.” Pritrisha Fuli George

Thanks to our supporters, Pritrisha has a Bachelor of Nursing Pacific Degree and is now a District Nurse out in the community with Auckland City Hospital.

By making a donation you’ll help people like Pritrisha pursue their passion.