Victoria University Foundation Trustees' Scholarship

Scholarship Level: School leaver / 1st year
Closing Date(s): 30 November
Tenure: Three years
Number offered: Each year one or more awards may be made depending on the suitability of the candidates.
Value: $5,000 stipend plus tuition fees of up to $5,000 (subject to fund availability)

History

The Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Board recognises the need to encourage the next generation to fulfil their potential and get amongst the best. They see this goal being fulfilled by assisting a student who is 'first in the family' to attend university through a new and innovative scholarship. They appreciate the value of providing a supportive environment, where a student is mentored and equipped with life and work experience whilst studying. With this in mind, the Victoria University of Wellington Board established the Victoria University Foundation Trustees Scholarship in 2012.

Eligibility

This scholarship is for school leaver students who are the first in their family to attend a university. Preference will be given to students who, because of financial hardship, may not otherwise be able to undertake a university degree. Further secondary consideration will be given to the student's character, leadership qualities, and contributions to cultural and/or sporting activities and community service.

Criteria

  • 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 and if known great grand parents, excluding aunts and uncles and step family 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 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.

Application process

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
  • A reference from your School

Selection process

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.

Additional information

The scholarship is valued at a $5,000 per annum stipend (equal monthly instalments from March to November), plus a $5,000 per annum contribution towards tuition fees.

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.

Mentor Programme: Many of the Trustees of the Foundation are the first in their family to attend University and know the challenges of embarking on an experience foreign to their families. To make the transition into University life as easy as possible the recipient of the scholarship will be offered the benefits of a fully tailored mentor programme. Students and their families will be offered assistance with the subject choice, enrolment process, orientation, self-learning techniques and general support and guidance.

Regulations and conditions

  1. 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.
  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. The Scholarship cannot be deferred to a later year.
  4. The Scholarship may be held in conjunction with other awards with the exception of full-fee paying scholarships.
  5. 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.
  6. Recipients are expected to act as Ambassadors for the University and the Foundation and participate in appropriate events or marketing if requested.
  7. 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