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.

Named in honour of New Zealand's greatest adventurer, the programme educates scholars within the values of Sir Ed 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 a sport, or creative or performing art, you might be eligible to apply for the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship programme.

Applications for the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship programme in 2021 have now closed. Applications for 2022 will reopen next year.


Learn what makes the Sir Edmund Hillary Programme different to other scholarships.

How to apply

Find out if you are eligible for the scholarship and how to apply.


Read about the varied achievements and successes of our Hillary scholars.

Current scholars

Learn more about our current Sir Edmund Hillary scholars.