Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Trustees' Scholarship
The Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Board established this scholarship in 2012 to encourage the next generation to fulfil their potential. The Board is committed to assisting a student who is 'first in their family' to attend university. The scholarship is intended to remove the financial barriers that many first-in-family students experience, and also provide support to a student whilst studying.
This scholarship is for school leaver students who are the first in their family to attend university. Preference will be given to students who, because of financial hardship and family circumstances, may not otherwise be able to undertake a university degree. In assessing applications, consideration will be given to school record, including participation in non-academic and wider community activities, as well as the applicant’s aspirations for a university education. Applications are encouraged from students in under-represented groups such as Māori, Pasifika and refugees.
- Applicants must be the first in their family to attend university. First in family is classed as, the first person from the student’s known immediate family history (including parents, siblings, grandparents but excluding aunts, uncles, cousins and stepfamily members).
- Applicants must have at least NCEA Level 2 endorsed with Merit (or equivalent in another qualification) and have University Entrance.
- Applicants must be intending to enrol full-time in the first year of undergraduate study at Te Herenga
Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, the year following application.
- Applicants must be under the age of 25 years on 1 December in the year of application.
- Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or have New Zealand permanent resident status.
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
- A personal statement outlining the school record, including participation in non-academic and wider community activities, as well as the applicant's aspirations for a university education - "what a university education will mean for me and my family". Please also discuss your personal circumstances and financial situation as it relates to your ability to attend university.
- A reference from your School - to be requested via the online application.
Selection will be made by the Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Board of Trustees (or nominated subcommittee). Preference will be given to students who, because of financial hardship, may not otherwise be able to undertake a University degree.
Shortlisted applicants may be requested to attend an interview.
The scholarship is valued at $30,000 ($10,000 per annum comprised of stipend/accommodation in first year, and $5,000 stipend and fees contribution of $5,000 in years 2 and 3), subject to funds available.
The Scholarship may be retained for three years providing an average B (approximately a 5 grade point average) grade is maintained. This is also dependant on funding available.
Recipients will be expected to report to the Foundation Board at their request on their progress.
Regulations and conditions
- 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.
- 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.
- The Scholarship cannot be deferred to a later year.
- The Scholarship may be held in conjunction with other awards with the exception of full-fee paying scholarships.
- Should the recipient withdraw from Te Herenga Waka—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.
- Recipients are expected to act as Ambassadors for the University and the Foundation and participate in appropriate events or marketing if requested.
- 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.