Waitaha-A-Hei / Victoria University of Wellington Scholarship
The Scholarship has been designed to provide a supportive student environment that fosters the mind (opportunity to study at University), body (healthy lifestyle) and soul (a supportive community environment in the Hall of Residence environment), all of which are demonstrably beneficial to academic and life-long progress.
The Waitaha-A-Hei / Victoria University of Wellington Scholarship was established in 2018 as a dollar for-dollar co-partnership between Waitaha Charitable Trust and the Victoria University of Wellington. The Scholarship was designed to increase the participation and success of Waitaha students while studying at undergraduate level. Up to two scholarships will be offered each year.
- Applicants must be a registered beneficiary with Te Kapu o Waitaha.
- Applicants must be studying NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent) in their final year of secondary school.
- Applicants must qualify for Fees-Free Tertiary Education in the year of tenure (https://www.feesfree.govt.nz/).
- Applicants must be intending to enrol full-time in an undergraduate degree at Victoria University of Wellington for the first time in the year of tenure.
- Applicants must begin their studies in Trimester 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.
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 character reference requested through the online application (may not be an immediate family member).
- A 100 word minimum personal statement of your commitment to university, including potential career choices and future aspirations
- A brief two page CV.
- Evidence of registration with Te Kapu o Waitaha.
The Selection Panel will comprise of up to two representatives from the Waitaha Charitable Trust, and a representative of the University Scholarship Committee (appointed annually by the Chair of the Undergraduate Scholarships Committee).
The scholarship will consist of:
- Credit towards a fully-catered Victoria University of Wellington Hall of Residence.
- Up to $500 towards compulsory course requirements (e.g., text-books).
- Recipients will be guaranteed a place in a Victoria University of Wellington Hall of Residence (not in a room with an ensuite).
The Scholarship will be paid towards accommodation credit in two lump sums each year, with the second payment being conditional upon the student passing all first semester papers.
Recipients must attend a Waitaha Scholarship Wananga organised by Waitaha Charitable Trust. At the Wananga, the Scholarship will be formally awarded.
Recipients of this scholarship will be buddied up with an Āwhina Kaiakiaki and must attend regular meetings/catch up sessions with the Āwhina team on campus in order to maintain their scholarship. Details on this requirement will be provided to the successful recipient(s).
Recipients must also write a letter of thanks to the donor of this scholarship.
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.
- Applicants must gain University Entrance.
- The Scholarship cannot be deferred to a later year.
- Recipients will be guaranteed a place in a Victoria University of Wellington Hall of Residence so long as they apply by the Hall deadline.
- The Scholarship may not be held in conjunction with any other Victoria University of Wellington Scholarship that contains a tuition fees or accommodation credit component.
- Academic (or other) progress will be observed by Waitaha Charitable Trust. Successful applicants will be required to complete one online accountability form (provided by Waitaha Charitable Trust) and submit two mid-semester self-assessment reports during the year of tenure.
- 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.
- Recipients are expected to act as Ambassadors for the University 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.