Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme

Inspiring excellence, all-round development and leadership.

The Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship is the University of Waikato’s most prestigious student scholarship programme.

Applications for the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship programme in 2022 have now closed.

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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