School-leaver scholarships

Victoria awards hundreds of school-leaver scholarships each year to help with accommodation and living costs. Explore the types of scholarships available.

The Victoria Tangiwai, Totoweka and Kahotea scholarships have been developed to support and encourage students who embody the key attributes of excellence, leadership and commitment to community.

Each scholarship is named for a different type of pounamu (greenstone), a taonga for Māori.

Apply now for a school-leaver scholarship

Applications for the Victoria Tangiwai, Totoweka and Kahotea Scholarships close at 4.30pm on Saturday 15 September 2018.

You will only need to complete one online application to be considered for all three scholarships.

Applicants for these scholarships will be notified of the outcome mid-October.

What you need when you apply

  • Your National Student Number (NSN)—or equivalent codes for Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and International Baccalaureate (IB).
  • Depending on the criteria you fall under in your application, you will be required to provide additional specific information, personal statements and references.

Apply now for school-leaver scholarships

Victoria Tangiwai Scholarship for excellence

The Victoria Tangiwai Scholarship celebrates excellence—both academic and outside the classroom.

Up to 600 scholarships will be awarded, valued at $5,000 each, which can be put towards accommodation costs at a Victoria hall of residence, or (for students not in a hall) as a contribution towards your first-year living costs.

Victoria Totoweka Scholarship for equity and support

Victoria is committed to equity issues in supporting students to have access to education. The Victoria Totoweka Scholarship supports academically strong students who are Māori or Pasifika, come from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds or refugee backgrounds or have a disability.

Up to 200 scholarships will be awarded, valued at $5,000, which can be put towards accommodation costs at a Victoria hall of residence, or (for students not in a hall) as a contribution towards your first-year living costs.

Victoria Kahotea Scholarship for outstanding achievements

The Victoria Kahotea Scholarship recognises exceptional students and is valued at up to $30,000 over three years of study at Victoria. Up to 30 scholarships will be awarded to exceptional students—based on criteria centred around academic excellence, cultural background and community involvement, leadership and equity.

The package includes full accommodation costs at a Victoria hall of residence in your first year, plus a grant of $5,000 for three years. For students who are not in a hall, the grant can be taken evenly across the three years or weighted higher over the first year.

Scholarships database

There are a number of other scholarships available for first-year students—check out our scholarships database.

Other sources

The givME database is another source of information on scholarships, awards and grants. You can usually access this subscription database, at no charge, at your school or a public library.

TeachNZ Scholarships may be available to those studying to become an early childhood, primary or secondary teacher.