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There are a number of scholarships offered to school leavers and mature students in New Zealand through trusts, iwi, and other organisations such as government departments. The Māori Education Trust administers a number of scholarships for Māori students, while the Pacific Business Trust offers a list of scholarships available to Pacific students in Achievers magazine.

There are a number of excellent websites that provide comprehensive information about scholarships available in New Zealand:

BreakOut has over 2,000 different scholarships on its database and is available free of charge in some public libraries and schools, but you have to pay a small fee to register.

Career Services has a comprehensive list of scholarships as well and is free.

The Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust (trading as Academic Dress Hire) is a non profit organisation "Empowering through Education". Their vision is achieved through the provision of awards and financial and other assistance. Click the link for more information about their Academic Awards for Women in Undergraduate or Postgraduate study and Postdoctoral Awards.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Scholarship

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Whitecliffe offers one scholarship each year open to applicants from Ngāti Whātua. Detailed scholarship information can be found hereAll applicants for these Scholarships must be:

· New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

· Be a registered member of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei (if you are not a registered member of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, click here to register)

The scholarship is available for an exceptional candidate of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei descent applying to enroll in any Whitecliffe undergraduate or postgraduate qualification programme and is awarded upon the successful applicant’s acceptance of an offer of place. Please note all qualification programmes begin in January/February with the exception of the Level 4 Certificates and Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Management which offer Mid-Year (Semester Two intakes).

The scholarship offers one full-year (120 credits) of fees for consecutive study. Should the applicant be eligible for the Government’s Fees-free scheme, the scholarship will apply to the second year of study (or first year of study not covered by the Fees-free scheme).

Applicants should submit a scholarship application form along with their application to Whitecliffe and the preferred qualification programme by visiting the Whitecliffe website

Applicants must meet all of the entry criteria for their selected programme and the scholarship applications must be accompanied by:

  • a digital portfolio (as appropriate)
  • a letter of intent (approx. 300-500 words)
  • a letter of reference from a Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Kaumātua

Applications for the scholarships, close on 1st December of the year prior for programmes beginning in Semester One and May 31st of the same year for programmes starting in Semester Two. The scholarships will be awarded following completion by all applicants of the usual Whitecliffe admissions procedures including an interview. Scholarships are awarded by the Admissions Board based on:

  • evidence in the portfolio and/or interview of the potential to undertake tertiary study in the declared qualification programme;
  • the ability of the applicant to express their intentions and/or aspirations successfully in the letter of intent, and further upon;
  • support from Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei as presented in the letter of reference.

Applicants may use the same portfolio and letter of intent for both the Whitecliffe application and the scholarship application.

If the scholarship winner withdraws their application, the scholarship is awarded to the next best candidate.

Whitecliffe reserves the right to not offer a scholarship in any given year.

Apply for this scholarship now.