The Ben Gough Family Foundation Leaders Scholarship

The Ben Gough Family Foundation Leaders Scholarship supports rising talent to undertake their MBA with the University of Canterbury. In addition, students gain access to an exclusive leadership programme that will accelerate their growth as a leader and expand their thinking.

The Ben Gough Family Foundation, through its founders Ben and Penny Gough, are committed to growing the capacity of Aotearoa New Zealand’s business leaders. Each year, up to three applicants intending to enrol in the MBA will be supported through the scholarship with:

  • The provision of a large portion of the MBA course fees
  • An experiential leadership course (Outward Bound)
  • Leadership coaching (Leadership Lab)
  • An exclusive one-on-one mentoring programme with a successful New Zealand business leader

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About The Ben Gough Family Foundation

The Gough Family Office, comprises all of founder Ben and Pen Gough’s business, philanthropic and family interests, including The Ben Gough Family Foundation that supports education and community enhancement.

Ben and Penny Gough have a strong interest in promoting the commercial economy of Aotearoa New Zealand within a framework of “taking the best of Waitaha Canterbury to the world and bringing the best of the world to Aotearoa New Zealand”. They are passionate about growing leadership capacity in Aotearoa New Zealand and see leadership as critical to the success of any organisation.

Through The Ben Gough Family Foundation, they are committed to unleashing the potential of talented individuals who seek to make positive impact locally and globally. The Foundation supports courageous learners who are motivated to take their talents to the next level and bring benefit to the commercial and community sectors. Their commitment is to supporting leaders who aspire to have a positive impact on these sectors and inspire others to do the same.

Outward Bound

Experiential Leadership with Outward Bound

Outward Bound is forging a new generation of leaders with the resilience, adaptability and courage the business world now needs. We invite scholarship awardees to join us in beautiful Anakiwa for a professional and personal growth experience that will last a lifetime.

You’ll leave understanding who you are, the limitless impact you are capable of and the courage to bring that to Waitaha Canterbury and the world.

Leadership Lab

Coaching with Leadership Lab

UC’s MBA programme opens up a wide range of future career options. The Leadership Lab coaching will assist scholars in identifying and building on their strengths, and choosing future leadership opportunities in which they can thrive personally and make a meaningful contribution.

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Mentoring with a successful business leader

Scholars will be offered an exclusive one-on-one mentoring programme for the duration of their MBA studies. Our mentors are inspiring kiwi business leaders who will share their skills and experience with you and help you develop as a leader in your chosen field. 

Find out more about our mentors.

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Scholarship Recipients

We are proud to showcase the exceptional individuals supported by the Ben Gough Family Foundation Leaders Scholarship in partnership with the University of Canterbury.

Applications are now open!