Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme

Inspiring excellence, all-round development and leadership.

Applications for the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship are now closed and will reopen in 2023.

Named in honour of New Zealand’s greatest adventurer, the programme educates scholars within the values of Sir Edmund Hillary and supports their growth and excellence in sport, creative and performing arts, academia, and leadership.

Hillary Scholars are supported to pursue their passion while completing their qualification at the University of Waikato, and receive tailored personal development and leadership training throughout their studies.

If you exhibit leadership capabilities, excel academically, and have achieved in sport, or creative or performing arts, you might be eligible to apply for the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship programme.

Latest Hillary News

Waikato athletes in Birmingham (27 July 2022)

Thirteen University of Waikato students and alumni will be competing in this year’s Commonwealth Games in the United Kingdom, which starts on Thursday.

Lucrative scholarships support University of Waikato graduates overseas (5 July 2022)

Bethany Angus, Felicity Tomkins and Gracie Francis have been awarded the Kia Ora Foundation Patricia Pratt Scholarship to support their artistic growth at prestigious academies worldwide.

Former Hillary Scholar switches codes (2 June 2022)

From basketball to acting – University of Waikato alumnus Connor Johnston is using the skills he gained from the Sir Edmund Hillary Programme to break into his acting career.

Taking on the world stage (2 June 2022)

Sitting in his Swiss apartment, Tongan-New Zealand tenor and University of Waikato alumnus Filipe Manu compares his new home town of Bern and Hamilton.

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