Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship

Not currently accepting applications

Value: Up to $30,000 over three years

Study Level: Entrance/School Leaver

Subject Area: Any

Closing Date: 31 August 2023


The Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship is one of the University of Waikato's premier school leaver scholarships.  It is for those with strengths in three key pillars: 1) high academic achievement, 2) excellence in a sporting code or creative or performing art, and 3) strong leadership qualities or potential.  Recipients will be supported during their studies with a tailored leadership and personal development programme.  Up to 15 scholarships will be awarded each year.  For more information, visit the website:

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!


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 or performing art abilities, and 3) leadership potential. Recipients will be Hillary Scholars and will be supported on the Sir Edmund H

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