Several scholarships are available to assist those with MS:
A grant created by the Mastering Mountains Charitable Trust and MSNZ with the aim of:
‘assisting people who have been diagnosed as having either Multiple Sclerosis or Functional Neurological Disorder, to overcome a specific obstacle so that they can achieve a specific outdoor pursuit’.
This scholarship helps people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) to pursue adventures that encourage a healthy lifestyle and challenge the perception of their condition. The Mastering Mountains Charitable Trust was established in 2015 and exists to enrich the lives of people affected by MS and FND, by helping them to get outdoors. The focus of the grant was expanded to include people with FND in 2020. Getting outdoors is better for everyone, and can improve the quality of life for people with neurological conditions.
Applicants are required to state:
Application Guidelines: Mastering Mountains Grant Guidelines (2020)
Past Recipients: Mastering Mountains Past Recipients
The Mastering Mountains Expedition Grant aims to assist people who have been diagnosed as having Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) to participate in an overseas outdoor expedition or adventure with World Expeditions.
World Expeditions has over 40 years of experience in providing responsible and exciting adventures for a wide range of skills and abilities. Mastering Mountains and World Expeditions are working in partnership with them to make this an amazing and unique experience.
Successful recipients will be mentored by the Mastering Mountains Trust to become community leaders that share their knowledge, help others problem solve and create dynamic community. The Grant recipient will also undertake an extended outdoor adventure that will challenge notions of possibility with MS or FND. Together, we will work to affect change in the MS and FND communities, helping others overcome their obstacles and get outdoors.
You may already have an idea where you’ve always dreamed of going or if you are undecided check out all the adventures on offer here.
To apply for the Mastering Mountains Expedition Grant and to participate in one of World Expeditions incredible adventures, download the application form below.
The Dorothy L Newman Scholarship assists people who have been diagnosed as having MS and as a result are unable to continue in their present employment, who need to change their employment and undergo a course of retraining in order to do so.
Applications are open solely to people with MS needing to retrain for paid employment.
Applicants will be required to explain in a statement in their application the reasons why they chose their course of study, how they intend to use their qualification on successful completion of their course and the likelihood of employment following the course.
Application Guidelines: Dorothy Newman Scholarship Guidelines
Past Recipients: Dorothy L Newman Scholarship Recipients
Esme Tombleson was the co-founder of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand in 1961 and from 1975 was President for many years. She was also founder and president for many years of the Gisborne branch and on the International Federation of the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s executive. In 1987 she received the rarely awarded gold medal for distinguished services to Multiple Sclerosis.
In honour of her work, the MS Society of NZ offers the Esme Tombleson Award annually to people in New Zealand for the ‘Person with MS of the Year’ and ‘Caregiver of the Year’, which are announced at the MS Society AGM. The nominations for this award are organised through the Regional Societies and co-ordinated through MSNZ every September.
Application Deadline: 30th September annually
Person with MS of the Year
Application Criteria: PwMS of the Year Criteria
Application Deadline: 30th September annually
Past Recipients: Esme Tombleson Person with MS Past Recipients
Carer of the Year
Application Criteria: Carer of the Year Criteria
Application Deadline: 30th September annually
Past Recipients: Esme Tombleson Carer of the Year Past Recipients
Activate is an adapted course to enable those aged 18+ with a physical disability to experience the challenge and adventure of an Outward Bound course.
The course is designed to assist students to test their boundaries, break physical preconceptions and build confidence.
During your 8 day course in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds you’ll take part in challenges to help you build the tools to achieve whatever goals you set for yourself in every day life. Activities include rafting, sailing, high ropes, camping and more!
Eleven participants who have a physical disability are accompanied by 3 support workers and 3 Outward Bound instructors.
Past participants have included those with Multiple Sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, arthritis and amputees.
All participants should be able to independently manage their personal care, transfers and medication.
We are able to offer 2 places to wheelchair users and 1 place for person with visual impairment.
Please refer to FAQs on our website for further student entry criteria.
We have a range of funding opportunities available. Get in touch with our Enrolments team to discuss your options.
For more information or to apply for a scholarship, email Caroline Campbell or phone 0800 688 927.
Aspire is a low impact version of the Outward Bound’s Discovery course which is suitable for people with a mild to moderate physical impairment. Participants will experience activities like sailing, rock climbing, kayaking and high ropes, but Aspire is designed to exclude high impact activities such as running or carrying a heavy tramping pack. Past participants include people with arthritis, early onset multiple sclerosis, joint replacements, back injuries and amputations.
Is Aspire suitable for me?
Participants need to be able to take part in a full day of activities with rest breaks, comfortably walk a minimum of 2kms over uneven terrain and get up and down 5 flights of stairs. You will also need to be able to sit without back support, for example in a kayak, and be comfortable in and around the water.
Is funding support available?
Outward Bound runs scholarships for each Aspire course, so keep an eye out! There is full funding available for Work and Income clients, and this includes travel to and from the course. They also encourage people to book and fund raise for their course – Outward Bound will support you with this process. If you would like to do the course but aren’t sure how you’ll pay for it – just give them a call.
For more information or to apply, email Caroline Campbell or phone 0800 688 927.
“When you have lead a very active life and suddenly lose some of your physical strength it is a great loss of confidence, but the Aspire course gives you the tools to take charge of your life again and know that anything may be possible.” Annette
14th – 21st April 2021
Leaps & Bounds Activate is an 8-day course for teens age 13-16 years and their parent or caregiver. The maximum group of seven pairs will learn about themselves and each other in a supportive environment. You and your teen will develop trust and respect and a more meaningful relationship. Experience working in partnership as part of a wider team.
You & your teen will experience:
Some nights will be spent staying in a bunkroom at the school in Anakiwa and others exploring the Marlborough Sounds
The course includes:
A better understanding and appreciation for the outdoors.
All participants must be:
Disabled participants must:
Caregivers/parents must be:
Participants in a wheelchair must be:
NB: Due to technical equipment requirements, the course can take a maximum of two wheelchair users, two participants using crutches/frames and one participant who is blind or visually impaired.
Participants could include those with both congenital and acquired physical disabilities e.g. muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, amputations, arthritis.
Safety & Supervision
The course will have three fully qualified instructors and will operate within the standard safety policy of Outward Bound. Student wellbeing is our priority.
Students will have shared accommodation in their watch-house but separate (male/female) bathrooms while in the school.
We require all participants at Outward Bound to complete a medical, which is valid for three months from the date of the doctor visit and must be valid for the duration of the course.
The course will start and finish at the Interislander terminal in Picton.
Please contact Caroline Campbell – Adapted Course Manager
Tel: 0800 688 927 or 021 0226 3645
“I have taken away a stronger belief in my abilities and greater determination to achieve in my chosen career.” Samuel Tate
The Insight course is for those with a visual impairment – supported by The Blind Foundation. Participants will spend time discovering themselves and their values, challenging ingrained limitations of what is possible, and form lifelong friendships along the way.
The courses are designed to be mentally, emotionally, and physically challenging. Activities occur in all weather conditions and can include off-track tramping, camping outside (sometimes alone), whitewater and sea kayaking, running, sailing, swimming, rock climbing and high-ropes.
Applications must be made directly with the Blind Foundation.
To apply or inquire, please email Trent Francis or phone Trent on 09 355 6886.
“I am now feeling more like the confident person I was before I developed this eye condition. It has made me look at people, especially those with disabilities, in a whole new light.” Dena