Te Ara Whānui Scholarship

Closing Date 31 Aug 2024
Key details

Value Up to $20,000 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


Te Ara Whānui Scholarship recognises the importance the University of Waikato assigns to fostering, developing, and protecting excellence of Māori, and kapa haka, kaupapa Māori, tikanga, reo and/or mātauranga Māori.

Te Ara Whānui can be translated to mean the broad pathway, and is taken from the saying, Te Ara Whānui a Tāne. This is the pathway Tāne climbed into the heavens to seek knowledge, which he returned to earth as a treasure for all people. It is fitting, therefore, that this Scholarship provides a platform for Māori students to strive for excellence in a programme of study at the University of Waikato and to awaken and widen knowledge of Māori.


For domestic students who are studying towards NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent) in 2024 and have cultural excellence in Māori, have achieved NCEA Level 2 (or equivalent) with at least Merit, and are intending to enrol full-time (120 points) at the University of Waikato in 2025.


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.