Scholarships you could get
A scholarship is a gift or grant of money to help with study. It can pay towards your course costs or help with living expenses. How much it is, and what it’s for, are decided by the organisation giving it.
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Many organisations offer scholarships for many different kinds of students and many different reasons. They can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars.
You don’t necessarily need top grades to get a scholarship. There are scholarships that take into account your region, needs, academic abilities, cultural background, historical events, future plans and subject areas.
There are scholarships for school leavers and people entering tertiary study, and for people already in study.
If you are getting the Student Allowance and you receive a scholarship, it may be counted as income. Contact us if you receive a scholarship.
Here are some options to check out.
Making your application
Scholarship funds and rules can change from time to time so make sure you get the most up-to-date information before you apply.
Scholarship applications usually close before the end of the year, so give yourself plenty of time to look.
Your education provider
The place you’re planning to study may offer scholarships. Check their website.
Contacts and databases
Also ask your school Careers Advisor, visit the Career Services website and search the internet. If you are studying teaching, look at the scholarships TeachNZ offer.
BreakOut is a searchable database of New Zealand scholarships, awards and grants. You can visit the BreakOut section of the Funding Information Service website for a list of places where you can use these services for free or ask your local library if they offer the service.
Many cultural groups offer scholarships. Consider your own cultural and ethnic background, and look for local and national groups. Search the net, the phone book, and ask at your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
Community organisations like Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs and Jaycees may offer scholarships.
Your local and regional council may offer scholarships targeted to people in your region.
Professional and industrial organisations are another possible source of scholarships. There are organisations for industries and professions – like Federated Farmers for agriculture, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants for accountants. Look for organisations in the field you plan to study.
You might find a scholarship in an unexpected place – such as through a local business. Keep your eyes and ears open, and ask.