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Scholarships, grants and awards for Māori students

There are many scholarships, grants and awards available for Māori students, so it makes sense to do some research to find your best options. We can help you get started.

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Many scholarships are listed online

If you're at secondary school, ask your school career adviser about scholarships, including those specifically for Māori. Otherwise, you can contact the student support services or the Māori liaison at universities or polytechnics you're interested in.

You could also approach iwi organisations, which may have information about scholarships and funding opportunities for Māori.

What websites can I look at for scholarships?

Below are some of the main websites that list Māori scholarship information.

Hautahi Kingi

"Give it a go! A surprising number of the scholarships available don't have any applicants, because a lot of people think they haven't got a chance. A good way to find out about scholarships is the career adviser at school or the givME database."

Hautahi Kingi, Scholarship Student

givME database of scholarships

givME is a searchable database of over 4,000 scholarships. You can enter in your details and the database will match you with possible scholarships you could apply for.

You can use givME for free at:

  • about 240 secondary schools
  • most universities and many polytechnics
  • public libraries
  • some community centres.

Below are some givME database Māori scholarships. They are only a small selection of those listed in the database.

Canterbury DHB Māori Pacific Health Scholarship

Provider: He Oranga Pounamu

Website: http://www.hop.org.nz/?s=scholarships

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Annual Course Fee

Closing date:

Applications closed 5 June 2015

Creative NZ - Manu Pirere Awards

Provider: Creative New Zealand

Website: http://www.creativenz.govt.nz/en/getting-funded/find-funding-opportunities

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$4000.00 each

Closing date:

Applications closed 27 March 2015.

First Foundation Scholarship

Provider: First Foundation

Website: http://www.firstfoundation.co.nz

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Tertiarty Fees

Closing date:

Application is by school nomination.

Future Leaders Scholarships

Provider: Wairarapa Moana Trust

Website: http://www.wairarapamoana.org.nz/page133404.html

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Determined by Trustees.

Closing date:

Applications closed 31 March 2015.

Haane Manahi Memorial Scholarships (Forestry, Trades and Farming)

Provider: Deloitte

Website: http://www.ngatiwhakaue-eetb.org.nz/

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Total value of each scholarship will be up to $6,000

Closing date:

Applications closed 1 April 2015.

Scholarship stories

Updated 31 Aug 2015