Scholarships and fee reductions

We offer a number of scholarships across a variety of study areas and we encourage you to apply if you think you might be eligible.

You should apply for scholarships at the same time as you apply for your programme of study (there’s no need to wait until you’ve been accepted into your programme). Late applications may be accepted for some scholarships.

How to apply

  • Step 1: Search for a scholarship from the list below, using the filter to narrow your search to the ones most relevant to you.
  • Step 2: Select a scholarship to read more.
  • Step 3: Check the eligibility requirements to see if you meet them.
  • Step 4: Complete the application form (located on the right hand side of each scholarship page).
  • Step 5: Submit your application before the closing date.

Once we’ve received your application we’ll be in touch.

You can find further scholarships and awards at Generosity New Zealand, which you can access by logging in at most council libraries and schools. If you’re studying a programme relating to primary industries, there are grants and scholarships available at Growing NZ . If you identify as Māori or Pasifika, there are further options available through Ngai Tahu and the Ministry for Pacific Peoples.

Please read the terms and conditions for Ara scholarships.

Personal statement – tips

  • Think of your personal statement like a job application; you need to put your best foot forward and convince us that you’re the best candidate for this scholarship.
  • Start by introducing yourself; what’s your background, where have you studied, what’s your recent work history and what are your interests?
  • Tell us why you want to study this programme.
  • Do you have any experience in this area (paid or volunteer work, study, etc)?
  • Once you complete your studies, what are your intentions and career aspirations?
  • What makes you a good candidate for this particular scholarship? (Be sure to read the entry criteria thoroughly and use the information here)
  • How will this scholarship help you to achieve your goals?

14 scholarships found

Tangata Matariki - Pasifika Community Scholarship

Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru, Ashburton, Online
Closing date:
Early bird: Monday 7 January 2019
Final: Monday 11 February 2019

If you are of Pasifika descent and moving in to your second or subsequent year of study, this scholarship may be for you.

Find out more

The Rika Fund

Christchurch, Online
Closing date:
October 31 and March 31

The Rika Fund was established following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch.

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Women in STEM 2019

Closing date:
Early bird: Monday 3 Dec 2018
Final: Monday 11 Feb 2019

If you are a woman looking to get into a career in Science, ICT, or Engineering, these scholarships are designed to support you to achieve your goals.

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Women in Trades - 2019

Christchurch, Timaru
Closing date:
Open until all scholarships awarded

Our Women in Trades Scholarships is aimed at giving women the opportunity to help rebuild Canterbury by providing them with the skills and the knowledge to start a career in the trades industry.

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Ara Foundation Grants