The award was first established by the American Club Inc. of Auckland, New Zealand, in 2005 as the Friendship Award. In 2010, the award was renamed the Peter Brown Memorial Friendship Award to honour Peter Brown (1933-2010) in recognition of the contributions of Peter and the Brown family to the American Club of Auckland. His wife, Pat, served as President from 2006-2008 and has continued as a long-standing supporter of the Club. Their daughter Louise managed and played for the Club’s softball team, the Eagles, for many years. Peter Brown was always available to support his family and the Club, selflessly helping in any capacity that he could.
Candidates are required to submit an essay explaining how the candidate’s purpose and plan for study in the United States will foster friendly relations between the two countries. The essay must be limited to a maximum of two pages, 1500 words in length. Candidates must also submit a fully completed application form, curriculum vitae, and academic transcript.
The award selection committee has prioritised its criteria for this year's award to applicants who:
Candidates who do not meet these exact priorities are, of course, encouraged to apply. Applicants should ensure their essay and application documents indicate succinctly their standing in relation to the foregoing priorities and overall aims of the award. Applicants who have already worked or studied in the United States should also comment on the circumstances of their experience. Successful candidates are not eligible to re-apply for the award.
As a condition of acceptance, the successful candidate undertakes to:
The Club will publish the photograph, biography, and news updates to its members and the general public via its newsletter and web page.
The successful candidate will be determined by a committee, American Club Education Convener. The successful candidate will be notified and invited to meet Club members and officials at an event following the notification.
The complete application must include four sections compiled into ONE pdf document in the following sequence:
Submit your SINGLE pdf document by email to the American Club Inc.
IMPORTANT!!! Please write “Peter Brown Memorial Friendship Award - APPLICATION” in the 'Subject' line of your email.
Email your application.
View interviews and news from previous award winners here.
Enquiries concerning the award may be directed here.
Please write “Peter Brown Memorial Friendship Award - ENQUIRY” in the 'Subject' line of your email.
The Peter Brown Memorial Friendship Award is also listed on the Generosity New Zealand (GivME) database, accessible by individual and institutional subscription.
Your contribution will assist a deserving New Zealand undergraduate toward their USA studies.
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