Te Paewai o te Rangi: The University of Waikato Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement


Value: Up to $25,000 over three years

Study Level: Entrance/School Leaver

Subject Area: Any

Closing Date: 31 Aug 2019


Te Paewai o te Rangi: The University of Waikato Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement has been established to contribute to the University’s Vision of achieving excellence, distinctiveness and international connectedness.

Te Paewai o te Rangi can be translated to mean the water horizon.  It is the place where the ocean meets the sky, and where the sun sets and rises every day.  This is the transition point where Tāne traveled on his quest to ascend into the heavens and to suspend the stars in the sky.  Metaphorically, Te Paewai o te Rangi describes a person’s journey to achieve excellence.  It is the pathway to the stars; an unending pursuit to reach the pinnacle of your desires which in the case of this Scholarship is education and knowledge.

Te Paewai o te Rangi is also a pathway where the terrestrial becomes the celestial and people move on to a higher state of being and understanding.  It is a point where change occurs and people push the boundaries and go beyond the norm. It is fitting therefore that this Scholarship provides a platform for outstanding students to strive for excellence in a programme of study at the University of Waikato and to reach the stars.

The University of Waikato will award up to 50 Scholarships for Outstanding Academic Achievement annually on the basis of academic excellence, leadership potential, and community citizenship.

Before Applying:

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


For school leavers and students who have taken one gap year who are intending to enrol full-time in undergraduate study at UoW in 2020. Applicants must have achieved NCEA Level 2 with Excellence (or equivalent) and must be on-track to achieve NCEA Level 3 with Excellence (or equivalent). Applicants must show exceptional leadership qualities and/or be actively involved in community initiatives.


Te Mata Kairangi School of Graduate Research
The University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105, Hamilton 3240
New Zealand

Phone +64 7 858 5096