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Ara Scholarships

Ara is proud to offer a wide range of scholarships which can save you thousands of dollars.

Many of our scholarships recognise academic excellence, community leadership and sporting achievements, while others are designed to help meet skills shortages in specific industries or to simply encourage individuals into education. If you meet the eligibility criteria, we encourage you to apply when you apply for your programme of study.

If you have any queries regarding Ara Scholarships, please contact us at


Hardship Grants

Ara offers a Study & Living Grant as well as a Māori & Pacific Childcare Grant. Please click here for further information.

Focus Scholarships

These scholarships are provided by industry and community donors. In most cases, they relate to a specific area of study, level of study or purpose. They’re open to any Ara student who meets the scholarship’s specific eligibility criteria.

If you’d like to consider offering a scholarship in your name (or your organisation's), please fill out and submit this form. A representative of the Scholarships Office will then be in touch with you to discuss the scholarship.



Partner Scholarships

These scholarships are made available by Ara to organisations that have a formal partnership agreement with the institute. Only individuals affiliated with, or members of, those organisations can apply for them.