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Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme

Inspiring excellence, all-round development and leadership.

The Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship is one of the University’s top scholarships for school-leavers.

Applications for the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship programme for 2023 are now open.

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.

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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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2021 Hillary Medalists named (2 March 2022)

Two alumni, Courtney Richmond and Tim Neild, have been named as the 2021 Hillary Medalists for their roles in the arts and sports.

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