The Maurie Pawsey Scholarship

Congratulations to: 

2022 Maurie Pawsey Scholarship Award Winner

Blair Daly, Auckland University of Technology


Applications for the Maurie Pawsey Scholarship open in March

 Please see the Event Calendar for key dates for applicable Scholarships and Awards.

To view Application Form and further information, please refer to Related Resources below.

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The aim of the Scholarship is to provide an opportunity each year for a person who is a member of TEFMA and is employed by an institution, that is a member of TEFMA, to attend the annual conference of APPA(US), AUDE (UK) or HEFMA (Southern Africa) and thereafter to visit selected institutions.


Applications should clearly reference the criteria provided.  Words provided are a prompt only, to assist those completing an application, but are not intended to be exhaustive.  

Applicants should broadly propose a program of travel and research, including attendance at the annual conference of APPA (US), AUDE (UK) or HEFMA (Southern Africa) and thereafter to visit selected institutions in a study tour relevant to their area of professional practice.  


A.    Professional development

Applicants should include material evidencing their own developing professionalism, and should describe their potential to increase the positive impact they can make in property and/or facilities management in their institution, should they be successful in winning the scholarship and undertaking the proposed study tour.

Applicants should describe how their proposed program of travel and research, including attendance at a nominated conference, in accordance with the TEFMA Maurie Pawsey Scholarship guidelines, will assist them in broadening their knowledge of tertiary facilities management.  

Applications should include reference to institutions proposed to be visited in a study tour following attendance at the conference; why they have been selected, and what the applicant hopes to learn as a result of the activity. 

Applicants should clearly demonstrate how the scholarship will professionally benefit both themselves and their Institution. 


B.     Leadership

Applications should demonstrate that the applicant is developing leadership skills in a current role.

Applicants should provide recent examples of workplace tasks or situations where they showed strong leadership, recognised as such by their peers and/or supervisor. 

Applications may reference some or all of the following:

  • Leadership attributes:  Describe your leadership role requirements and the attributes needed to perform it successfully.   Describe how the attributes you have displayed have resulted in creation of an environment to enable achievement of outstanding outcomes.   
  • Organisational relationships:  Describe your work with a team, and the attributes required to gain positive outcomes.  Describe how your professionalism in organisational relationship management resulted in excellent performance outcomes.  
  •  Customer relationships:  Describe the skills you needed in client relationship management to provide the required services. Describe how your customer relationship management skills resulted in customer needs and expectations being met and / or exceeded. 


C.    Representation

Applications should demonstrate that the applicant is developing representation skills in a current role.

Applicants should provide recent examples where they represented their Department or Institution, at a senior level, within or external to the Institution.  

Applications may reference some or all of the following:

  • Representation attributes:  Describe your representation role requirements and the attributes needed to perform it successfully.   Describe how the attributes you displayed enabled you to represent your organisation appropriately. 
  •  Knowledge:  Describe the knowledge you needed to represent your department or institution and the attributes you required to successfully convey your knowledge of the situation. 
  • Relationships:   Describe the types and roles of the other people involved in the situation, and the skills you were required display to interact with them and successfully represent your organisation.


D.    TEFMA Participation

Applications should demonstrate that the applicant has a continuing interest in TEFMA and appreciates the value of participating in TEFMA activities. 

Applicants should demonstrate their knowledge of the mission and workings of TEFMA by referencing some or all of the following:

  • Active participation you may have had with TEFMA in the past.
  • Recent understanding you have developed about the activities of TEFMA.
  • Ways in which you would be interested in contributing to TEFMA in the future.  
  • Suggestions with respect to future activities that TEFMA could undertake to expand its work in the higher education property and facilities management sector

The TEFMA Maurie Pawsey Scholarship is open for applications from individuals employed at least on a 0.6 FTE basis in the facilities management department of a TEFMA Member Institution. 

  • Only one nomination per institution is permitted each year for each scholarship.
  • Scholarships will normally be granted to an individual only once.
  • Candidates must be an employee of an Institutional Member of TEFMA.
  • If the candidate is not already a member of TEFMA, then the host Institutional member is to arrange for the candidate to become a member of TEFMA.
  • Candidates must be operating at a HEW/HEO 8 or above. 
  • Scholarship applicants may be required to undertake an interview.
Application and Selection

Invitations to apply for the Scholarship will be circulated to all members. The invitation shall clearly indicate the closing date for receipt of applications and the address to which they are to be forwarded. Electronic applications will be accepted provided the email is sourced from the approving member. Reminders should also be promulgated.

The Scholarship is awarded to an eligible candidate after consideration of the responses to the Selection Criteria on the Selection Criteria form. 

Selection of the successful applicant will be determined by the TEFMA Board following receipt of a recommendation from a Panel established to review the applications. The Review Panel shall be made up of the following members:

  • Chair, Membership Services Committee
  • Treasurer
  • A Past-President of TEFMA
  • Additional panel members may be included at the discretion of the Membership Services Chair

More than one Scholarship can be awarded in any calendar year.

Download the Application Form through the Releated Resources Link below

The Scholarship

The scholarship has a value of up to AUD$15,000 incl. GST. Where the total cost of the study tour is less than AUD$15,000 incl. GST, the scholarship will be for the actual costs incurred.

In addition to attending the conference, the successful applicant will be expected to undertake a programme of visits to selected institutions. Such a program could occupy several weeks, which implies a grant of ‘study’ leave or similar for at least the formal portions of the visits in addition to the time for the conference. The successful applicant may need additional support from their institution to cover costs over and above the value of the scholarship.

Each application must be accompanied by a written statement that the required time and additional funding will be provided. The successful applicant will be required to produce a comprehensive written report of no less than 2,500 words, covering the study tour and observations made for the benefit of TEFMA members for publication in the TEFMA Newsletter. The successful applicant will also be required to deliver a Webinar to TEFMA Members.

Administration / Terms & Conditions

The successful applicant's institution is required to cover all costs of travel and, together with any other costs associated with the trip/visit to the selected country.  The institution is then required to make a claim to the TEFMA Treasurer for reimbursement of the TEFMA (Scholarship) contribution. Appropriate travel and registration documentation, invoices, proof of payment will need to accompany/support the claim.