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Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme

Inspiring excellence, all-round development and leadership.

The Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship is the University of Waikato’s most prestigious student scholarship programme.

Applications for the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship programme in 2021 have now closed. Applications for 2022 will open later this year.

Named in honour of New Zealand’s greatest adventurer, the programme educates scholars within the values of Sir Edmund Hillary and supports their growth and excellence in sport, creative and performing arts, academia, and leadership.

Hillary Scholars are supported to pursue their passion while completing their qualification at the University of Waikato, and receive tailored personal development and leadership training throughout their studies.

If you exhibit leadership capabilities, excel academically, and have achieved in sport, or creative or performing arts, you might be eligible to apply for the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship programme.

Latest Hillary News

Extreme commitment in and out of the water (11 November 2020)

Former Hillary scholar and Olympics hopeful Helena Gasson knows all about setting targets and achieving them, even when huge obstacles stand in her way.

Elite on the track (9 November 2020)

When most of his Marlborough Boys' College mates were looking at tertiary study closer to home, track cyclist Callum Saunders had his eyes set on the University of Waikato.

Former Hillary Scholar in charge at Sport Waitaki (27 October 2020)

Sport Waitaki's newest regional coordinator is University of Waikato alumna, former Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar, and champion cyclist Pip Sutton.

Student, teaching fellow and promising multimedia producer (14 August 2020)

Ashton Ledger, a postgraduate student, teaching fellow and promising multimedia producer moulded his own path to success from a young age, with the help of his family, teachers and careers advisors at Rotorua Boys High School.

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