Whitecliffe is pleased to announce that it now offers one scholarship each year open to applicants from Ngāti Whātua. The news comes as a continuation of the relationship developed between Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei, Whitecliffe staff and family networks. The eldest son of the Whitecliffe family, Hayden Whitecliffe (Ngāti Pikiao, Te Arawa) along with Lea Te Huia-Eastwood (Tūwharetoa, Maniapoto) Whitecliffe’s Māori Cultural Support Coordinator (Pae Ārahi) have been working with whanau and staff members on establishing a formal relationship with the Iwi since 2017.
Whitecliffe President Michèle Whitecliffe comments, “The rich ancestral lineage of Kerehi Wikiriwhi (Greg Whitecliffe), tracks his ancestors back to the first canoes – Arawa Te Waka with the Captain Tama Te Kapua. Greg’s desire was always to enrich and support his people into furthering their education and 36 years on, this scholarship and relationship with Ngāti Whātua o Orākei will hopefully be the start of a long and fruitful association. The journey to work with and align ourselves to support our local iwi has been long in the planning. From my perspective, I believe that giving back to society and encouraging talent is the one of the core values of this college. I look forward to awarding our first scholarship student.”
The scholarship is available for an exceptional candidate of Ngāti Whātua 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. 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.
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. More detailed scholarship and application information can be found here.