Māori Higher learning Māori Higher Learning


Up to $5,000 reduction in fees


Up to 6 months

Number awarded


Closing date

22 Jul 2020




Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru, Ashburton

A fee reduction of up to $5000 to support Māori students to succeed in tertiary study at higher levels.


To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must:

  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • Be of Māori descent
  • Meet the entry requirements for your chosen programme of study
  • Be enrolled in a programme which is eligible for this scholarship.

This scholarship is available for learners starting a new qualification (full-time or part-time) in Semester 2, 2020. Learners who are beginning the 2nd or 3rd year of their qualification in Semester 2 are also eligible to apply. Course-related costs are not included. If you are eligible for fees-free study, you do not need to apply for a scholarship.

Before you complete your Ara scholarship application, check out your eligibility for the government’s fees free initiative. We are happy to help you out with this process. If you are eligible for only a proportion of your fees covered under the government initiative and not a full year, you may still be eligible to apply for an Ara scholarship.

If you are unsure about your eligibility please contact us.

Eligible Programmes

Any Level 4 or above programme at Ara Institute of Canterbury.

How to apply

To apply for this scholarship:

  • Please complete an application form (click on the apply now button on the right).
  • Include a personal statement to reflect the special circumstances that make you a candidate for this scholarship, e.g:
    • Outline what your Māori heritage means to you and how you will contribute to the community.
  • Provide two written references, which comment on your ability to succeed in this programme and attest to your character. One reference must be completed by a leader in your cultural community.

Please return your application to Scholarships, PO Box 540, Christchurch 8140 or email it to: scholarships@ara.ac.nz

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