Marie Clay Literacy Trust Travel Award

 MCLT $5000 Travel Award

TWO Awards Annually 

Not offered in 2024

The New Zealand Literacy Association is pleased to announce the availability of TWO international literacy travel awards annually. Both awards, supported by The Marie Clay Literacy Trust, allow for a New Zealand educator to attend an overseas Literacy Conference in the following year.

Applications open annually on the 1st July.

Applicants should apply in writing and include the following:

  • Details of the conference
  • Reasons for wanting to attend
  • Proposed personal professional development benefits
  • A brief summary that includes some of the following; leadership within the school/institution, recent extra study in literacy, demonstrated & acknowledged success in the literacy field and leadership in a wider educational setting.
  • Applications must be accompanied by a statement/s of attestation of the above and a letter from the president of your local council verifying current individual NZLA membership, length of membership service and contributions to the local council.
  • The successful applicant will be expected to publish a report in Literacy Forum NZ.

The award may be used for airfares, conference registration and accommodation.

Email applications only please.  Send to

The closing date each year for applications is the 15th September.

Applicants will be advised of the outcome by 15th October.

Travel Award Winners $5000 per recipient

2022    Belinda Whyte & Maria Rahui

2019    Rita Palmer & Sapho Prentice

2018    Kate Birch & Karen Hinge

2017    Helen Brunner  &  Jenny Reichenbach

2016    Judy Aitken & Heather McQuillan

2015    Christine Donnelly & Heather Hardy

2014    Mal Thompson & Moira Newton

2013    Gayl Squires & Sue Bridges

2012    Jane Carroll & Joan Gibbons