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Sovereign Touch The Sky Fact Sheet

Sovereign Touch The Sky Fact Sheet

The Sovereign “Touch the Sky” Scholarship gives $18,500 each year towards helping school children realise their dreams.

Sovereign’s initial approaches to schools to gauge their interest received an overwhelming response. As of June, over 100 schools and over 6,000 children have signed up to participate.

The Sovereign “Touch the Sky” Scholarship challenges children to commit to their aspirations by writing a 300 word essay about what they dream of achieving. Each essay has to include a plan of the initial steps necessary to get there.

Each school will then select three essays from each of the two age categories (Year 5-8 & Year 9-13), which fit the criteria, and submit them to the judges.

The judges will then select an overall winner, and ten runner up winners. The judging panel will be made up of representatives from the office of the Commissioner for Children, Sovereign, inzone creators and presenters, teachers and education professionals.

The top prize of $10,000 is not a cash prize. Instead, it will be spent after discussions with the winner and their family, and potentially a school teacher/mentor, on ways in which it can go towards helping this individual achieve their goals.

The other ten prizes are cash prizes with five to the value of $1000 each made out to winners from year nine to thirteen, and another five prizes to the value of $500 for year five to eights students.

It is anticipated that the Sovereign “Touch the Sky” Scholarship will run for a minimum three years.

Schools currently participating the in Sovereign “Touch the Sky” Scholarship by region:
20 Auckland Region
5 Bay of Plenty Region
14 Canterbury Region
1 Gisborne Region
6 Hawkes Bay Region
9 Manawatu-Wanganui Region
7 Nelson-Marlborough Region
4 Northland Region
6 Otago Region
9 Southland Region
3 Taranaki Region
9 Waikato Region
13 Wellington Region
3 West Coast Region

The Sovereign “Touch the Sky” entries must be received by 26th September 2003 and the winner will be announced 31st October 2003


Key learnings from the hugely successful inzone Roadshow for school pupils are working their way into the school curriculum via a major sponsor, Sovereign, announcing a scholarship for students worth $18,500.

Sovereign has been working with inzone and the schools visited to ascertain the most effective way to incorporate the Roadshow’s key messages into the school curriculum, the result is the Sovereign “Touch the Sky” Scholarship.

Sovereign has also been sponsoring inzone since it began touring schools in March and has observed the outstanding response from schools to the presentation from inspirational role models such as Rob Hamill and Mark Inglis.

inzone visits on average two schools per day, inspiring children throughout the country to aim high with their stories of personal experiences and of over coming adversity to achieve their dreams

inzone helps pupils identify their own unique potential and plan how to achieve their dreams by being creative and innovative.

inzone is obviously filling a need in children’s lives due to the high level of pupil attendance and venues at capacity. There is also increasing demand for inzone to visit new schools, and return back next year.

The inzone concept was the brain child of Rangiora brothers Peter and David Doake, who have previously visited malls through the country aimed to reach and inspire New Zealanders.

For further information and an inzone tour schedule visit –


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