The Buddy Lucas Scholarship is generously funded by
Dennis Black (Piha SLSC) and gives three young leaders the
opportunity to develop and expand on their knowledge of Surf Life
Saving and increase their personal development skills.
Buddy Lucas was a legend of Surf Lifesaving in Northern Region
and at his home club of Piha. He joined the Piha SLSC in 1944,
gaining his lifeguard award the year after. From there, he went on
to win multiple National titles in the surf race and made valuable
contributions on the Piha Committee as Club Captain and as
President for nearly two decades. Along with this, he received
Service and Distinguished Service awards at a Club, District and
New Zealand level and was awarded a highly prestigious Life
Membership of the Piha SLSC. Buddy remains as one of the
pre-eminent leaders within our organization and the Buddy Lucas
Scholarship is aimed to foster young leaders within our
The applicants must have demonstrated outstanding leadership
ability at a club and/or district level and they are individuals
who would like to further his/her leadership capabilities.
The Buddy Lucas Scholarship is a 12 month development programme
comprising of three sections:
1. The Buddy Lucas Scholarship is designed to encourage
individuals the opportunity to develop self-confidence, increase
personal development skills, challenge the individual and hopefully
open doors to take on leadership roles within Surf Lifesaving.
2. The aim is for the individual's to reinvest their knowledge
and experiences gained by the scholarship back into Surf
Lifesaving. Before any project or course, scholars should have a
good understanding of the SLSNR structure and the roles of
different committees. For example the candidate may wish to sit on
the Club Development Advisory Group.
3. This scholarship is about personal development and enhancing
leadership skills. The scholar will have up to $2,500 available to
assist with expenses pertaining to their chosen project or course.
This is not limited so the scholar can look at all options,
projects or courses. The candidate could see what courses were
under taken in the past or talk to previous candidates. This
scholarship could also include outward bound or rotary courses,
additional professional development courses or attendance at
relevant conferences or exchanges. There could also be other
courses that may benefit the candidate.
4. Appropriate training and development pathways and goals will
be clearly identified from the beginning. This is to be discussed
with the Club Development Manager and Chair and presented to the
SLSNR Board and Dennis Black for final approval.
- Club Development Advisory Group (CDAG) sends out an invitation
for nominations in July each year.
- The applicants to submit to CDAG an overview of their intended
leadership or project plan, including a budget.
- CDAG selects the two SLSNR recipients by the end of July (Piha
SLSC Board will select the Piha member)
- The recipients will be announced at the Awards of Excellence,
therefore the period of scholarship is in line with SLSNR financial
- Selection Process: All applications that meet the
pre-requisites will be evaluated by the Club Development Advisory
Group and the Club Development Manager and Denis Black.
A full report or project delivery from the recipients of the
leadership or project will be at completion of scholarship. This
will be submitted to the Board and Club Development Advisory Group
(with Dennis Black invited to attend). This will be completed by
May of the year following the announcement of the scholarship
winners. The scholars will also submit regular reports to Club
Development Advisory Group at monthly meetings.
Age: Participants will be between 20 and 30 years of age.
To be eligible for the Buddy Lucas Scholarship, the candidate
1. Be a current member of SLSNZ
2. Be a current financial member of their respective Club
3. Hold a Surf Lifeguard Award
4. Minimum two season patrolling
5. Hold some form of leadership role at a Club or District
6. Provide a reference from a club official
7. Has not been a past recipient of the Buddy Lucas
Term: One year
All applications that meet the pre-requisites will be evaluated by
the Club Development Advisory Group and the Club Development
Manager and Denis Black.
Please forward any questions and nominations to Talia Comp at