Wellington Kahotea Scholarship - (School Leaver Scholarships for Outstanding Achievements)

Scholarship Level: School leaver / 1st year
Closing Date(s): 1 September
Tenure: Three years
Number offered: Dependent on applications
Value: Up to $35,000 over three years

Description

The scholarship package includes full accommodation costs at a Victoria University of Wellington Hall of Residence in your first year, plus a stipend for three years. For students who are not in a Hall, the stipend can be taken uniformly across the three years or weighted higher over the first year.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet all the criteria and regulations of either the Wellington Tangiwai or the Wellington Totoweka Scholarship to be eligible. Recipients of the Wellington Kahotea Scholarship will be the top applicants from the the Totoweka and Tangiwai Scholarships who have achieved exceptional academic results or other high achievement within the areas of culture, community involvement, leadership, or equity. Applicants are automatically considered for a Kahotea Scholarship upon application for a Totoweka Scholarship, and the top Tangiwai Scholarship applicants will be considered.

Application process

Applications are open for the Tangiwai, Totoweka and Kahotea scholarships and will close at 4.30 pm on Tuesday 1 September 2020.

If you’re eligible, you can apply for more than one of these scholarships using the same application. However, you can only be awarded one. Applicants will be notified of the outcome mid-October.

When applying for any of the School Leaver scholarships, do not use your secondary school email address when creating your CommunityForce account. That means no email address ending in school.nz.

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History

The Wellington Kahotea Scholarship* recognises exceptional students. We encourage applicants who have achieved exceptional academic results, or have achieved within the areas of culture, community involvement, leadership or equity.

*Formerly known as the Victoria Kahotea Scholarship.

Criteria

  • Applicants must be New Zealand Citizens, Permanent Residents or International fee-paying students who have completed at least two full years (ie. their Year 12 and Year 13) at a New Zealand Secondary School at the time of application.
  • Applicants must meet all the criteria and regulations of either the Wellington Tangiwai or the Wellington Totoweka Scholarship to be eligible.
  • Applicants must be intending to enrol full-time in the year following application in their first Undergraduate Degree at Victoria University of Wellington.

Scholarship specific documentation

  • A personal statement outlining any attributes of leadership and/or commitment to your community
  • A reference from your school (to be requested via the online application)
  • Specific documentation may also be required for each of the Totoweka Scholarship categories

Selection process

Selection will be made by the Victoria University Undergraduate Scholarship Committee.

Additional information

The scholarship comprises full accommodation costs at a Victoria University of Wellington Hall of Residence for the first year of study plus a stipend of $5,000 for three years conditional on students continuing to be enrolled full-time and maintaining a Grade Point Average as specified in the scholarship offer.

Regulations and conditions

  1. A completed online application must be submitted by 4:30pm on the closing date. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Any required supporting documentation (including references) must also be received by 4:30pm on the closing date in order for the application to be considered.
  2. 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) within the stipulated criteria and tenure of the scholarship. No payment of the Scholarship will be made until this condition is met.
  3. Applicants must meet all the criteria and regulations of either the Wellington Tangiwai or the Wellington Totoweka Scholarship to be eligible.
  4. All offers of the Scholarship will be conditional upon the recipient being fully engaged in their Year 13 and gaining NCEA Level 3 with at least Merit or Excellence endorsement (or equivalent in another qualification), University Entrance and admission to their degree programme. (NOTE: equivalent for CIE is 240 points on UCAS tariff, from Year 13, or 3 C grades at A level).
  5. Applicants who wish to enrol at Victoria University of Wellington in the year following application directly from Year 12 may not apply for the Scholarship unless they will meet all the normal conditions of the scholarship by the end of their Year 12 year (see regulation 6 in particular).
  6. Applicants who go on an official student school exchange for a minimum of six months instead of completing Year 13 may apply for the Scholarship. These applicants will also need to gain admission through Discretionary Entrance.
  7. Applicants who have taken a (single) gap year after completing Year 13 may apply for the Scholarship as long as they have not studied at another university during that time (i.e. this scholarship is for first-year students, not transferring students). They will need to apply in the year prior to starting study at Victoria University of Wellington.
  8. All recipients of the Wellington Kahotea Scholarships are guaranteed an offer of a place in one of our Halls of Residence, provided an accommodation application is received by the Accommodation Service by their deadline.
  9. The Scholarship cannot be deferred to a later year.
  10. The Scholarship may be held in conjunction with other awards with the exceptions of the Wellington Totoweka Scholarship, the Wellington Tangiwai Scholarship, the Robert Bostock Scholarship, or any other Victoria funded School Leaver Scholarship.
  11. Should the recipient withdraw from Victoria University of Wellington during the tenure of this scholarship or fail to achieve a satisfactory progress, partial repayment of the Scholarship will normally be expected. Recipients must advise the Scholarships Office if they intend to withdraw.
  12. Recipients are expected to act as Ambassadors for the University and participate in appropriate events or marketing if requested.
  13. At the discretion of the Deciding Authority, the application of the terms and conditions of the Scholarship may be modified in special circumstances or to avoid hardship to any candidate for the Scholarship.

Contact

Scholarships and PhD Admissions Office
scholarships-office@vuw.ac.nz
pg-research@vuw.ac.nz
summer-research@vuw.ac.nz
Phone +64 463 5557