School-leaver scholarships

We know that a helping hand with fees and accommodation will go a long way towards turning a smart brain into a great mind. We have a broad range of scholarships available for school-leaver students, including:

  • Academic Merit School Leaver Scholarship
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Excellence School Leaver Scholarship
  • Te Paewai o te Rangi: The University of Waikato Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement
  • Te Ara ki Angitū Scholarship
  • Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship
  • Edna Money Future Pacific Leaders' Scholarship
  • D.V. Bryant Trust University of Waikato Residential Scholarship
  • University of Waikato Rugby Development Scholarship
  • Northland Future Leaders' School Leaver Scholarship

Check out our scholarships finder for a full list of our school-leaver scholarships, faculty and subject specific scholarships.

International scholarships

We have scholarships available for international students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Our High Achievement Scholarship is automatically awarded to you when you enrol in your second year of study at Waikato and have achieved a B+ grade average over your first year of study.

As an international student you may also be eligible for a New Zealand Government Scholarship – find out if your eligible and how to apply.

All available scholarships

We’ve got scholarships in everything from arts or engineering to rugby or music. If you don’t see a scholarship on this page that suits you, head over to our scholarships finder for a full-list of what’s on offer.

How to apply

Once you’ve got some idea of the scholarships you’re eligible for, you can start the application process. This can be completed online for most of our scholarships. Check out our scholarships page for step-by-step instructions.


Te Mata Kairangi School of Graduate Research
The University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
New Zealand

Phone: +64 7 858 5096
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