Arts patron and philanthropist Sir James Wallace funds two scholarships and a prize to support creative writing in the Faculty of Arts.
Two Sir James Wallace Master of Creative Writing Scholarships are awarded each year to incoming Master of Creative Writing (MCW) students, based on the strength of their application.
At the end of the programme, the Sir James Wallace Master of Creative Writing Prize is awarded to the writer who has produced the best portfolio of work.
The scholarships are valued at $3,500 each, and the prize is valued at $5,000 — New Zealand’s richest prize for a creative writing student.
This year the two scholarships went to Cybonn Ang and Angelique Kasmara.
Angelique explains that “as a single parent with a young child, embarking on a Master of Creative Writing — and having to take out a large student loan — was by far the scariest thing I’ve done this year.”
“However, as well as easing my stress over the financial burden, the scholarship goes far in reassuring me that I am on the right path. Also, as I’ve long admired Sir James Wallace’s support for the arts, it feels extra special to be one of the recipients of this award.”
The convenor of the MCW, Paula Morris, is very appreciative of Sir James’s targeted generosity.
“Sir James’s ongoing support of creative writing at Auckland reflects his support of and respect for emerging talent. The MCW is a programme of writers rather than students — they’re working on books, and many have sacrificed a lot to make the year’s writing possible. The encouragement and endorsement of a patron like Sir James means a great deal to all of us.”
Sir James is steadfast in his support of the arts, and encourages others to follow his lead.
“Philanthropy is of vital importance for all communities. It is the civic and moral duty of those that are in the position to do so to support appropriate institutions, causes or individuals financially and in other ways. By doing so they contribute to improving and enriching the lives of those around them, which in turn can be very rewarding for the philanthropist.”
Find out more about the Master of Creative Writing or giving to Auckland