Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship

Closing Date 31 Aug 2024
Key details

Value Up to $30,000 over three years

Study level(s) Entrance, School leaver

Subject area(s) Arts, Business / Management, Computer Science, Mathematics, Education, Health, Engineering, Law, Māori & Indigenous Studies, Science, Social Sciences


The Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship was established in 2005 and named in honour of New Zealand’s greatest adventurer. The Scholarship is for well-rounded individuals who display strengths in three key pillars:

  1. academic achievement
  2. strong sporting or creative and performing art abilities
  3. leadership potential.

Recipients (Hillary Scholars) are supported on the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme, to excel in academia and leadership while continuing in their sport or creative and performing art. Up to 25 scholarships are awarded each year, each with a total value of up to $30,000.

For more information, visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme page.



This scholarship is for school leavers who are intending to enrol full-time (120 points) in an undergraduate degree in 2025. Applicants must have achieved NCEA Level 2 with Merit (or equivalent) and must show exceptional leadership qualities and be actively involved in community initiatives. Applicants may be taking a gap year in 2024, but must have achieved a minimum of Merit (or equivalent) at both NCEA Level 2 and NCEA 3.


Before applying

Please ensure you read the Guidelines on Applying for School Leaver Scholarships before you commence the application process.

How to Apply

  1. Read the guidelines

    Please ensure you read the regulations before you commence the application process.

  2. If you are new, complete an application to enrol

    You will need to do this BEFORE you can have access to apply for Scholarships and Awards.

    Application to enrol
  3. Apply using MyWaikato

    Once you have an account, log into MyWaikato and click on the ‘Scholarships’ tab to see the list of available scholarships

    Apply now

Note: If you are a current student or already have a University of Waikato account you will be redirected to the MyWaikato screen. Log in to MyWaikato, select the ‘Scholarships’ tab and choose the scholarship you wish to apply for from the list at the bottom of the page.

Before applying

Please ensure you read the guidelines on applying for School Leaver Scholarships before you commence the application process.

3-minute video

Please note that all applicants are required to submit a 3-minute video of themselves as part of the online application process. This video should outline why you believe you should be considered to be a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar and what it would mean to you. You will need to provide the link to the video in the space provided on the online application form and it must be accessible to all, i.e., the link must be able to be shared with everyone.

The short video below may provide some guidance. Good luck!


Sport/Art Table

As a part of your online application, you will be required to submit a Sport/Art Table outlining up to seven achievements from each level of representation. 

We have a template which will assist you when preparing the required information:

Download Sport/Art Table 2025 (PDF)