As a school leaver, there are hundreds of scholarships on offer to help you financially with your tertiary study and pay towards course fees, accommodation or other related costs. These recognise academic potential and excellence and also talent, commitment and dedication shown beyond school studies.
Some are funded by universities, polytechnics or private training providers and others by industry, employers, iwi, community groups, charitable trusts and other organisations. You need to be eligible to apply for a scholarship and this can be based on one or a combination of categories. Here are some examples:
- Academic record
- Leadership, Achievements & Co-Curricular involvement
- Cultural leadership & involvement
- Financial needs
- Career interests
Preparation & research
It is important to allow a good amount of time to research options, prepare documentation, notify referees and to complete the application. Check when applications close, as deadlines vary greatly (some close in August).
All tertiary institutions will have a school-leaver scholarship link on their website. Some useful general websites:
The process for applying for each scholarship varies and different evidence can be required.
- Students need to ensure that they meet the required criteria based on their careful research.
- Scholarship applications are based on your Year 12 NCEA results and for academic excellence usually require a high rank score of 250 – 300. Please make sure you have calculated your Year 12 rank score before applying to avoid disappointment. (Top 80 credits over 5 subjects).
- Please ensure you read the regulations for all scholarship applications.
References & endorsements
Once you have decided which scholarship or award you want to apply for you will need to ask someone to provide you with a reference or endorsement to verify the information you have provided. This will trigger an email alert to them.
- You need to check they are happy to provide this information and get their full name and email address.
- Depending on the type of scholarship, Auckland University can require a school endorser to confirm information on your form is correct and/or a community referee.
- Make sure you provide your referee or endorser well in advance with information/details they need about your achievements so they can verify them in your application.
- Some scholarships (particularly top academic ones) require a supporting letter/reference/endorsement from your school Principal:
- If so, please use the following email address for Principal Mr Chris Rooney on your application form: firstname.lastname@example.org (This email is checked by the Principal’s PA Mrs Bennett.)
- Out of courtesy, please email her at this address as well to let her know what will be required from Mr Rooney. Allow sufficient time for her to organise this.
**All Victoria University scholarships need a reference from the Principal**
- You need to follow up with your referee to check they have submitted this so your application is complete by the deadline. You may not be able to finally submit your application until they have completed this.
Completing scholarship applications
- Most Universities/Tertiary institutions (except Victoria University) require a prospective student to apply for admission online to one of their courses as a prerequisite to applying for one of their scholarships. (This means you can also get considered for faculty scholarships – e.g. at Auckland University – but usually you can change your area of study later and still win a general scholarship)
- If accommodation is offered as part of a scholarship, you need to apply separately for accommodation. Accommodation applications open on 1 August and close at the end of September. NZCCRF (New Zealand Common Confidential Reference Forms need to be completed by mid-September).
- Students will receive an ID number on applying to study which will need to be used for the scholarship application.
- Documents and evidence may be required but you usually give your National Student Number (NSN), so Year 12 NCEA results can be accessed.
- Sometimes you need to complete a statement about yourself and your reasons for applying. Do this in a Word document first and copy it, so your application does not time out.
- Aim to complete your scholarship application a week early and check you have an email confirming the application is complete.
Outcome of scholarship application
- You will hear if you have been successful, or not, at some point after the closing date but usually early on in Term 4.
- Please let Careers Advisor Mrs Shepheard know if you are offered a scholarship and forward the confirmation email you received to her.
- You will usually be presented with this award in Prize-giving (if it is announced in time) and receive your certificate then.