American Club Inc.  - Auckland

Peter Brown Memorial Friendship Award 2018

Meet our 2017 Award Recipient on 1 July at our Independence Day Bash.  Click to register for this gala event 

Definition: The Peter Brown Memorial Friendship Award aims to promote friendship between the United States and New Zealand. The $NZ 2,000 award pursues its aim through contributing towards a New Zealand citizen's study in the United States. No limitation is placed on the field of study or use of the award. The award is available ONLY to applicants undertaking undergraduate study. The candidate must be a New Zealand citizen, preferably born in New Zealand.

Peter MELLALIEU: Hadeel Salman &emdash; 1137 2016-08-06 20-37-48 IMG_3013

History of the Award:
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.

Application process:
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:

  • Must be a citizen of New Zealand;
  • Have been accepted into an undergraduate programme with high academic reputation;
  • Have demonstrated involvement in activities beyond academic study;
  • Have a high record of overall achievement;
  • Have a strong academic record in subjects related to their proposed study plan;
  • Demonstrate a financial need and plan for applying the award's funds;
  • Will take up their studies in the United States no earlier than September in the year of the award.

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.

Acceptance of the award: As a condition of acceptance, the successful candidate undertakes to:

  • Provide a letter or email formally accepting the award;

  • Provide a photo and short biography that can be included in the American Club newsletter and web page;

  • Provide documentation verifying enrollment in a course of study at an accredited university or college in the United States; and

  • Agree to provide at least two news updates reporting the progress of his/her experience. Usually the first report is due within three months of taking up the award in the US, and the final report is within one month of completing their study experience.

The Club will publish the photograph, biography, and news updates to its members and the general public via its newsletter and web page.

Selection process: The successful candidate will be determined by a committee chaired by Dr Peter Mellalieu, American Club Education Convener. The successful candidate will be notified in June and invited to meet Club members and officials at an event following the notification, preferably the American Club’s Independence Day event near 4th July. The event will be scheduled prior to the candidate's departure from New Zealand.

Deadline for application: Friday 27 April, 2018. CLOSED for 2017.

2017 Award: The 2017 award will be presented at the club's Independence Day event on 1 July, 2017, announced here.

Submission: The complete application must include four sections compiled into ONE pdf document in the following sequence:

  1. A fully completed Application Form

  2. A two-page essay (1500 words maximum)

  3. Financial need and plan

  4. A curriculum vitae

  5. Academic transcript

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.

Previous award winners: View interviews and news from previous award winners here.

Enquiries concerning the award may be directed to the attention of Dr Peter Mellalieu at 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.

Peter MELLALIEU: Peter Brown Memorial Friendship Award Trophy &emdash; 1167 2015-07-10 15-06-49 IMG_9392

Please contribute towards funding  the award

1. Make a donation here

2. The American Club offers our Entertainment Book every year to help raise funds in support of the Peter Brown Memorial Friendship Award. Click to buy your Entertainment Book today!

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