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Step out of school and into a Waikato University scholarship in 2020

Applications for all of our school-leaver scholarships are now open. See all available scholarships in our Scholarships Finder.

We are proud of the diversity of our student group and provide funding for students from all backgrounds. If you're starting university next year you may be eligible for many of the scholarships we have on offer. Below is a list of some of our key school leaver/entrance scholarships. We also have plenty of other scholarships and awards on offer to support your study, including faculty specific scholarships. Scholarships may offer support for fees or accommodation, or be provided as cash.

Before applying please ensure you check the step-by-step application guidelines.


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

Value: Up to $25,000 over 3 years
Closing date: 31 August 2019

For outstanding students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential and community involvement, and want to achieve academic excellence at the University of Waikato.

Te Paewai o te Rangi can be translated to mean "the water horizon" - the place where the ocean meets the sky, and where the sun sets and rises. This is the transition point where Tāne travelled on his quest to ascend into the heavens and to suspend the stars in the sky. The term "Te Paewai o te Rangi" can be used to represent a person’s journey to achieve excellence. It is an unending pursuit to reach the pinnacle of your desires. Read more...

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Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme

Value: Up to $10,000 per undergraduate year
Closing date: 31 August 2019

Unique to Waikato, this programme educates future leaders within the values of New Zealand's greatest adventurer, Sir Edmund Hillary. With a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship, you can pursue your passion while you study. Read more...

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D.V. Bryant Trust Residential Scholarship

Value: Up to $10,000
Closing dates: 1 October 2019 & 7 March 2020

Designed for school leavers with academic potential and financial or other circumstances where hall of residence accommodation will clearly benefit academic progress. Read more...

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The 'Ko te Tangata' scholarship (Waikato schools)

Value: Up to $5,000
Closing date: 31 August 2019

Open to students who are currently attending a secondary school in the Waikato region. This scholarship recognises the drive and determination of the Waikato people who established the University. Read more...

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The 'Ko te Tangata' scholarship (Bay of Plenty)

Value: Up to $5,000
Closing date: 31 August 2019

Open to students of who are currently attending a secondary school in the Bay of Plenty region. This scholarship recognises our commitment to the Bay. Our new Tauranga CBD campus opened this year. Read more...

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The Manu Kaewa Scholarship

Value: Up to $5,000
Closing date: 31 August 2019

Open to students who are currently attending a secondary school outside of the Waikato or Bay of Plenty regions. Te Manu Kaewa references the adventurer search of new horizons. Read more...

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Te Ara Whānui Scholarship

Value: Up to $10,000
Closing date: 31 August 2019

Awarded to academically excellent students strong in Te Reo, Tikanga, kaupapa Māori, Kapa Haka and/or mātauranga Māori. Read more...

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Pacific Excellence Scholarship

Value: Up to $10,000
Closing date: 31 August 2019

Awarded to academically excellent students of Pacific descent and with strong connections or contributions to the Pacific community. Read more...

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Edna Money Future Pacific Leaders' Scholarship

Value: $6,000 per year (up to 3 years)
Closing date: 31 August 2019

Aimed at supporting excellent Pacific students who show significant leadership potential. Read more...

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Mayfair Court University of Waikato Residential Scholarship

Value: Up to $8,000
Closing date: 15 October 2019

For students in financial need who will be residing in Mayfair Court Apartments in Tauranga in 2019. Read more...

University of Waikato Professional Athletes Dual-Career Scholarship

Value: Up to $7,000 + annual UniRec membership
Closing date: 31 August 2019

For students who will be professional/semi-professional sports person to a NZ-based sports franchise/organisation for the full season/competition in 2020. Read more...

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Otumoetai Trust Undergraduate Scholarship

Value: Up to $9,000
Closing date: 15 October 2019

For students who are completing their secondary schooling at Otumoetai College, Tauranga Boys' College or Tauranga Girls' College in 2019 and who are intending to enrol full-time. Read more...

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Tauranga Campus First-in-Family Scholarship

Value: Up to $1,000
Closing date: 15 October 2019

For domestic students who are the first member of their immediate family/whanau to attend university. Read more...

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