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

Closing Date 31 Aug 2024
Key details

Value Up to $30,000 over three years

Study level(s) Entrance, School leaver

Subject area(s) Arts, Business / Management, Computer Science, Mathematics, Education, Health, Engineering, Law, Māori & Indigenous Studies, Science, Social Sciences


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


For school leavers who are intending to enrol full-time (120 points) in an undergraduate degree in 2025. Applicants must have achieved NCEA Level 2 with Excellence (or equivalent) and must show exceptional leadership qualities and be actively involved in community initiatives. Applicants may be taking a gap year in 2024, but must have achieved Excellence (or equivalent) at both NCEA Level 2 and NCEA Level 3.


Before applying

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

How to Apply

  1. Read the guidelines

    Please ensure you read the regulations before you commence the application process.

  2. If you are new, complete an application to enrol

    You will need to do this BEFORE you can have access to apply for Scholarships and Awards.

    Application to enrol
  3. Apply using MyWaikato

    Once you have an account, log into MyWaikato and click on the ‘Scholarships’ tab to see the list of available scholarships

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Note: If you are a current student or already have a University of Waikato account you will be redirected to the MyWaikato screen. Log in to MyWaikato, select the ‘Scholarships’ tab and choose the scholarship you wish to apply for from the list at the bottom of the page.