Mātātoa Sport Scholarships
The purpose of the Mātātoa Sport Scholarship is to foster excellence in sport and academic performance. This scholarship supports the student athlete to retain a healthy balance of focus and commitment toward their programme of study, sporting commitments, and their own wellbeing, resulting in a rewarding and successful university experience.
The scholarship is open to any athlete from all disciplines who are intending to enrol or are currently enrolled at Te Herenga Waka–Victoria University of Wellington.
Who is eligible?
Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or Permanent Residents of at least two years' standing at the time of enrolment, and be intending to enrol full time in an undergraduate degree in the year following application at Victoria University of Wellington.
Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit, sporting achievement, equity and commitment to attaining a tertiary qualification.
- Applicants should be New Zealand citizens or Permanent Residents of at least two years' standing at the time of their enrolment.
- Academic - applications must have at least a Merit endorsement in NCEA Level 2 (or equivalent in another qualification) or a B+ GPA (6) if the applicant is already a student at Victoria University of Wellington.
- Sporting - applicants must be age-group regional and/or national representatives in their chosen sport.
- Applicants must be intending to enrol full time in an undergraduate degree in the year following application at Victoria University of Wellington.
A completed online application must be submitted by 4.30 pm on the closing date. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Any required supporting documentation (including references) must also be received by 4.30 pm on the closing date in order for the application to be considered.
Applications will normally open one month prior to the closing date. If no application link is provided below, check back again closer to the closing date. Contact us if you have any queries.
Scholarship specific documentation
- Secondary school academic record, to be uploaded in online application.
- A letter of support from your sporting coach - to be requested via the online application.
- A one-page sporting CV summarising your most recent sporting achievements and an outline of your 2023 sporting goals and performance plans.
All applications will be considered by a decision-making panel comprising of academic and professional staff at the University. This panel will be chaired by the Associate Director, Sport and Recreation. To assist with awarding, the panel may decide to consider academic performance in additional to being mindful towards the University's strategic focus on Māori and Pasifika students. The decision-making panel will decide on the final recipients and the scholarships will be awarded by the Scholarships & Doctoral Admissions Office at Victoria University of Wellington.
Award recipients are expected to be:
- An active member of the Student Athlete Network
- Member of a Victoria University of Wellington registered sport club*
- Be available to represent Victoria University of Wellington at University and Tertiary Sport New Zealand events*
* Where it is more appropriate for the recipient to be playing for a non-university club, or be excused from UTSNZ selection, the recipient may apply for exemption (decision to be made by the Sports Manager).
Scholarships will be paid in monthly stipend instalments and will be conditional upon academic performance and the recipient adhering to the terms of this scholarship.
Regulations and conditions
- Mātātoa Sport Scholarship recipients are ambassadors for Victoria University of Wellington and are expected to always represent the values of the University. Our sporting ambassadors will be active and vocal supporters of the University, our clubs, university sport, and their student peers. Recipients are expected to participate in any marketing and communication opportunities that are presented.
- Unless exemption is awarded, the recipient must be an active, registered member of the applicable sports club of Victoria University of Wellington.
- Scholarship recipients are automatically registered in the Student Athlete Network and are expected to be active members and participants within this community.
- All offers of the Scholarship will be conditional upon the recipient being fully enrolled in a full-year programme (full-time will be at the level of points considered by Studylink as full-time, this would normally be 105 points) within the stipulated criteria and tenure of the scholarship. No payment of the Scholarship will be made until this condition is met.
- If part time study for the recipient is approved, their scholarship award may be pro-rated. This decision will be made by the decision-making panel. Before the recipient decides to reduce their workload from fulltime, this must be discussed with the Sports Manager and the Scholarships Office.
- The Scholarship cannot be deferred to a later year.
- The Scholarship may be held in conjunction with other awards except for any other Victoria University of Wellington Sports scholarship or other full fee paying scholarship.
- Should the recipient withdraw from the university during the tenure of this scholarship or fail to achieve satisfactory progress, partial repayment of the Scholarship will normally be expected. Recipients must advise the Scholarships Office if they intend to withdraw.
- A completed online application must be submitted by 4.30 pm on the closing date. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Any required supporting documentation (including references) must also be received by 4.30 pm on the closing date in order for the application to be considered.
Scholarships and PhD Admissions Office
Phone 0800 04 04 04