Eligibility: This scholarship is uniquely for recipients in CCCNZ Churches and Open Brethren Churches in New Zealand. You must be either within New Zealand or a New Zealand citizen to be eligible for this scholarship.
Focus: The intention of the JH Baldwin Scholarship is to see men and women equipped for a lifetime of service in and through the local church, through teaching, pastoral and preaching ministries.
Level of study: Certificate, Diploma, Degree and Postgraduate studying in New Zealand and overseas.
Inspired by the work of other Christian businessmen, John Baldwin, along with his brother-in-law and friend Matthew Alexander, set out with a vision to "farm for God". Their vision was to see profits from their farming endeavours used for the benefit of Christian work around New Zealand. They started by buying forestry land that had recently been felled in the Waikato in 1951 and they converted these blocks into farming land. It was hard work that was mainly done by hand but through their entrepreneurship, daring, and trust in God they changed these unusable blocks of land into productive pasture. Through their endeavours, they were able to purchase more land and grow the farms and with the profits were able to fund Christian work and community projects.
From a small beginning, John Baldwin and Matt Alexander's vision has grown. Even though the trusts have continued to increase their giving and distribution the vision of the trusts remains the same, to see people raised up and trained to serve the Church in New Zealand.
The JH Baldwin Scholarship is kindly provided by the Lichfield Lands Incorporated Society.