Decades of support from D V Bryant Trust
Established in 1960, the D V Bryant Trust is one of the longest-running philanthropic trusts in the Waikato region. The Trust’s origins go back to 1924 when Waikato farmer Daniel Vickery Bryant opened the Bryant Convalescent Home for Children in Raglan. Today the Trust focuses on grants for community organisations and supporting social causes, and is a long-standing supporter of the University of Waikato.
The D V Bryant Trust was instrumental to the success of the University in its early years, and nearly 50 years ago funded the construction of Bryant Hall, one of the first halls of residence on campus in Hamilton. Founding Trust member and former University registrar Dr Norman Kingsbury believed the student halls should have an emphasis on the personal accountability of students and mutual respect between students and staff, an approach the University is still proud to uphold today.
In the 1990s, the Trust supported the construction of the Academy of Performing Arts, and in 2003 gifted Bryant Hall to the University before establishing residential scholarships for students in financial need.
In 2016 the Trust also lent crucial support to the University’s Te Ara ki Angitū initiative, a partnership between the University and secondary schools and communities of Tokoroa and Putaruru in South Waikato. The partnership aims to remove barriers to university study for students in the South Waikato region by providing scholarships and a subsidised bus service to and from the University. The D V Bryant Trust supported scholarships for students in the initial years of the programme, before switching support to running the much-needed bus service between the towns and the University.
The Trust’s connection with the University was solidified further in 2016 when biological sciences’ professor Vic Arcus was appointed Chair, taking over from his father Doug, and 10 years after first joining the board. His appointment made him the fourth generation in the Bryant family to hold the position (the Trust’s founder, Daniel Vickery Bryant, was his great-grandfather).