Stephen Whiteland Memorial Scholarship

In 2021, the AWS Legal team lost a beloved staff member, colleague and friend, Stephen Whiteland. To honour his memory a scholarship was started in his name. Stephen loved helping young solicitors and so the Stephen Whiteland Memorial Scholarship was born.

The Award

  • A scholarship of $2,000 for a maximum of two (2) years to go towards the study costs of the recipient’s law degree.
  • The opportunity to summer clerk at one of our offices in the recipient’s third and fourth year of study.
  • Invitations to AWS Legal events throughout the term of the scholarship.


Applicants must be entering their third year of their LLB at a New Zealand-based tertiary institution, and intend to continue that course through to completion in order to receive the annual scholarship. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding achievement in any of the following areas:

  • Academic performance
  • Community Service
  • Leadership
  • Cultural or sporting activities

Preference is given to applicants from the Otago or Southland regions. 

Our next Scholarship round opens in 2024.

Previous Recipients

2022 – Donald McIntosh