Over $100K in scholarships for Maori science and engineering students

11 February 2014

Ray Tana

Scholarship recipient: Biological Sciences student Ray Tana (Ngati Whatua and Nga Puhi).

In 2013, more than $105,000 in scholarships was awarded to Māori Science and Engineering students from the University of Waikato.

The awards, which ranged from $1500 to $10,000, gave 20 students a financial boost towards their undergraduate, masters or PhD studies.

The scholarships came from a variety of supporters, including Waikato University, private trusts, iwi and leading New Zealand companies.

Māori students recognition

“It’s fantastic to see so many of our Māori students being recognised for their achievements. These scholarships have opened doors to some great opportunities and we’re working hard to encourage even more students to apply for the awards available,” says Kevin Eastwood, Science & Engineering Māori Student Achievement Coordinator at the University of Waikato.

Biological Sciences recipients

Kiriana Isgrove

Scholarship recipient: Biological Sciences student Kiriana Isgrove.


Biological Sciences student Ray Tana (Ngati Whatua and Nga Puhi) received three scholarships, totalling $25,000. One of these awards was a $10,000 Rona Scholarship, offered by Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust to Māori completing a degree in fisheries, aquaculture or marine sciences.

Another multi-award winner was Biological Sciences student Kiriana Isgrove who received a $2000 Māori Excellence Award from the University of Waikato, a $2500 Clark Fletcher Memorial Citrus Bursary and a $10,000 Whanui Scholarship. She was also awarded a 10-week Māori summer internship with AgResearch.

Of Ngāti Tamaterā descent, Kiriana is a former Hauraki Plains College student from Turua near Thames. Kiriana plans to do her masters at Waikato once she completes her Bachelor of Science.

The University of Waikato offer a number of scholarships at all degree levels.

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