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?

18 scholarships found

Nursing Education and Research Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

Location:
Christchurch, Timaru
Closing date:
22 February

This scholarship is for student nurses/midwives studying for a Bachelor of Nursing (or equivalent nursing qualification e.g. Bachelor of Health Sciences, Nursing), Bachelor of Midwifery or Diploma of Enrolled Nursing in New Zealand.

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Pasifika Higher Learning 2019

Location:
Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru, Ashburton, Online
Closing date:
Monday 11 Feb 2019

If you are of Pasifika descent, these scholarships are available to help you succeed in tertiary study at higher levels.

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Pegasus Health Scholarship

Location:
Christchurch
Closing date:
22 Mar 2019

Scholarships are available for Christchurch-based tertiary institution students who are studying a health-related NZQA accredited course, are from a Māori, Pacific or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse background and planning to work in the Canterbury region.

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Skills Shortage 2019

Location:
Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru, Ashburton, Online
Closing date:
11 Feb 2019

If you are interested in subjects that will prepare you to work in careers featured on the Canterbury Skills Shortages list or the Long Term Skill Shortages list, these scholarships are for you.

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The Rika Fund

Location:
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

Location:
Christchurch
Closing date:
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

Location:
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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World Boost

Location:
Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru, Ashburton, Online
Closing date:
Ongoing

Available to current students to support excellence in their area of study.

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Ara Foundation Grants