Athlete support

Victoria University of Wellington is committed to helping students negotiate the challenges associated with juggling competitive sport and tertiary study.

As a committed member of the High-Performance Sport NZ Athlete Friendly Tertiary Network, the University provides carded and identified athletes with additional support and guidance to stay on track.

Get in touch

If you are a prospective or current student with a question or enquiry around athlete support, email

General athlete support services

Student athletes are able to access a range of support and advocacy services. Please join our athlete database by completing this form.

  • General advice and a point of contact for any issues
  • Sponsorship funding—student athletes who are dealing with high costs related to training, equipment, attendance at tournaments or events may be eligible to apply for sponsorship.
  • Personal development opportunities—we co-ordinate and facilitate a range of seminars and workshops on topics of interest and value to student athletes.
  • Blues Awards—the University Blues Award is one of New Zealand’s most prestigious and long-standing awards that recognises a university student’s performance in representing their region or New Zealand at the pinnacle of their sport, whilst successfully progressing their academic studies.
  • Join our online community on Facebook.

Sports scholarships

Victoria University of Wellington and OBURFC Rugby Scholarships

This scholarship is to support students of any gender, ethnicity or descent, who have both academic and rugby ability, to study at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington and play for its affiliated rugby club, Old Boys University Rugby Football Club (OBURFC).

Visit the scholarship's page for more information and to apply.

Roger Robinson Scholarship for Student Runners

The Roger Robinson Scholarship for student runners has now been awarded for 2021. Please revisit this site next year, for information regarding applications for 2022.

Victoria University of Wellington OBURFC Scholarship for Pasifika Students

This scholarship has been awarded. A decision on this scholarship being awarded again in the future is not available at this time.

Other athlete support initiatives