School leaver scholarships

There are two types of scholarships available for school leavers—Victoria Excellence Scholarships and Victoria Achiever Scholarships.

These scholarships are awarded to hundreds of first-year undergraduate students each year to assist with tuition fees and accommodation costs at our halls of residence.

School leaver scholarships

Applications for both the Victoria Excellence and Victoria Achiever Scholarships will open mid-June. Applicants for these scholarships have been notified of the outcome in early October.

Enrolment applications for 2018 open on 1 October

Find out what the process is and be ready by checking out our steps to apply page.

Victoria Excellence Scholarships

The Victoria Excellence Scholarships are first-year scholarships, valued at $5,000. The top 20 applicants will be awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarships, which are worth $20,000, paid over three years.

These scholarships are awarded based on academic performance in Year 12. Applications are encouraged from students who have achieved at least NCEA Level 2 endorsed with Excellence, or equivalent in another qualification.

Victoria Achiever Scholarships

The Victoria Achiever Scholarships are first-year scholarships, valued at $5,000. 

Applicants need to have performed well in their Year 12 year, with their NCEA Level 2 Certificate endorsed with Merit, or equivalent, and must also fall into one (or more) of the following groups:

  • Māori students
  • Pasifika students
  • students with disabilities
  • students educated at decile 1 to 3 secondary schools
  • students who can demonstrate financial hardship.

Top applicants

A Vice-Chancellor’s Achiever Scholarship worth $20,000 will be awarded to the top candidate in each of the five categories. These scholarships are paid over three years.