A sum of money has been generously placed at the disposal of the Council by the Trustees of the Sanders Memorial Fund upon the condition that the income arising from such fund shall be employed in the provision and maintenance of Scholarships for the benefit of children of members of the Mercantile Marine Service or of the Royal Navy or of the Navy of any Commonwealth country and who are ordinarily resident in the Auckland Provincial District. This Scholarship shall be a memorial to the late Lt Commander W. E. Sanders, VC, DSO, RN. Lt Commander Sanders was granted the Victoria Cross in recognition of his conspicuous gallantry, consummate coolness, and skill in command of one of His Majesty’s ships in action. He was drowned in 1917 when his ship, the Prize (one of the ‘mystery’ or ‘Q’ ships) was lost with all hands as the result of an engagement with one or more enemy submarines. In 1998 the Scholarship’s fund was augmented by Professor Graham Simpson, a former Sanders Memorial Scholar.
– Are the sons or daughters of persons who are or have been members of the Royal Navy or of the Navy of any Commonwealth country or of the Mercantile Marine Service of any such Commonwealth country. – Are ordinarily resident in the Auckland Provincial District. – Have not reached the age of nineteen (19) years on 1 February in the year of the award. – Have not kept Terms or attended Lectures in any University Provided that paragraph (c) shall not apply to candidates who have served in any such Navy or Mercantile Marine Service.