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Ara Scholarships – Excellence


$4,000 (via stipend payments or fees discount)


Up to 12 months

Opening date

15 September

Closing date

15 November




Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru, Ashburton


The purpose of Excellence Scholarships is to support high-achieving learners who exhibit all-round ability and academic excellence to access and succeed in tertiary study at Ara. This includes those learners best placed to make a positive impact on society in their future career.


This scholarship is available to prospective and current Ara learners intending to enrol either full-time or part-time in any Level 3 and above programme of study offered by Ara.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • Meet the entry requirements for your chosen programme at the time of commencement of study
  • Study a programme directly with Ara (programmes offered through partnerships and subcontracting arrangements are not eligible)
  • This scholarship is available to NZ citizens, permanent residents and international learners.

If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact us.


The scholarship value will be $4,000 per equivalent full-time student enrolment. This means a learner studying full-time will receive the full $4,000, while a learner studying part-time will receive a proportion of the $4,000 equal to the level of their part-time enrolment.

How to Apply

  • Please submit an application form (click on the application form button below).
  • Provide a personal statement to reflect the special circumstances that make you a candidate for this scholarship.
  • Provide two referee reports, which comment on your ability to succeed in this programme and attest to your character. (Please use the template provided below.)

Once you have submitted your application, please send your supporting documentation immediately via email to

Application form


Referee report form


Scholarship Guidelines