Scholarship detail

Waitaha-A-Hei / Victoria University of Wellington Scholarship


Total value up to $15,500

Tenure of award:

a) The Scholarship will have a maximum tenure of one year and must be taken up in the year for which it is offered and cannot be deferred.
b) 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.
c) The Scholarship will be paid towards accommodation fees directly by Victoria University Scholarships Office. Any course-related costs awarded by the scholarship will be provided a direct payment to the recipient.

Closing dates for applications:

15 September 2019

Number of awards offered:


History or background of award

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.

Purpose of award

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.

Selection criteria

To be eligible, applicants must:
a) be a registered beneficiary with Te Kapu o Waitaha;
b) be studying NCEA (or equivalent) in their 13 Level 3 towards University Entrance at a secondary school in the year prior to tenure;
c) qualify for Fees-Free Tertiary Education in the year of tenure (;
d) be intending to enrol full-time in an undergraduate degree (full-time is at the level of points considered by Studylink as full-time) at the Victoria University of Wellington for the first time in the year of tenure, and commencing study in the first semester that year (Semester 1).

How do students apply?

Applicants will complete the online application process through the Victoria University of Wellington Scholarship Office.
Each candidate must provide the following in their online application:
a) A character reference (may not be an immediate family member);
b) A brief 2 page CV;
c) Evidence of registration with Te Kapu o Waitaha
Apply online

Additional information

Scholarships will have a total value up to $15,500 and will consist of:
a) Credit towards a fully-catered Victoria Hall of Residence up to $15,000
b) Up to $500 towards compulsory course requirements (e.g., text-books)
c) Recipients will be guaranteed a place in a Victoria Hall of Residence.

To maintain eligibility, students offered the scholarship must:
a) Gain University Entrance;
b) Remain enrolled full-time for the period of tenure, and
c) Attend a Waitaha Scholarship Wananga organised by Waitaha Charitable Trust. At the Wananga, the Scholarship will be formally awarded.

Decision makers

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 Selection Panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into following the selection meeting.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Please see full regulations. 

Who else has information about this award?

Scholarships Office

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

Position: The Scholarships Office
Organisation: Victoria University of Wellington
Address: PO Box 600 Wellington 6140 New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 463 5557