Ara introduces new scholarships for 2018

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04 May 2017

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Ara Institute of Canterbury has introduced new scholarships for 2018 to meet the needs of our unique region. The new scholarships are designed to make tertiary education more accessible to students wishing to study and work in Canterbury and South Canterbury.

“An example of this is the new Ara Advantage scholarship. The criteria are flexible, allowing applicants to apply for any Level 4-7 programme at Ara.  There are 20 scholarships available for students who are experiencing hardship, living with a disability or have relocated for study,” Chief Executive Kay Giles says.

Other new scholarships for 2018 include Skills Shortage scholarships, Lifelong Learning Scholarships and Community Partnership Scholarships, where Ara partners up with community groups.

“Members of those community groups can access scholarships through that group to study at Ara. We currently have a partnership with the Canterbury Rugby Football Union, which is working well,” Giles adds.

The new scholarships focus on students in their first year of study with Ara, but there are also scholarships available for returning students.

Scholarships are available across the entire Canterbury region for people studying with Ara in Christchurch, Timaru, Ashburton, Oamaru or online. Before scholarships were linked to certain programmes delivered in a specific region.

“It’s also important to note that the awarding of scholarships is not only for school leavers and to recognise academic achievement. We offer reductions and scholarships to encourage women into areas of study in which they are largely under-represented, to meet regional skills shortages and to encourage adult students to gain new skills,” Giles adds.

Ara is implementing these changes to make sure everyone has the opportunity to access tertiary education no matter their circumstances.

“Students are encouraged to apply early for a scholarship, don’t wait for NCEA results. You’ll get the best chance of success if your application is in by our early bird deadline.”

There are also a range of scholarships still available for study in 2017.

For more information or to apply for a scholarship visit