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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.
Who can I talk to about scholarship applications?
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.
- Māori Education Trust website - find out about scholarships for Māori students
- Te Puni Kōkiri website - information on scholarships for Māori students
- Te Tapuae o Rehua website - scholarships and grants for Māori secondary and tertiary students
- Kia Ora Hauora website - information on health scholarships for Māori
"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 BreakOut database."
Hautahi Kingi, Scholarship Student
BreakOut database of scholarships
BreakOut is a searchable database of over 3,800 scholarships. You can enter in your details and the database will match you with possible scholarships you could apply for.
You can use BreakOut for free at:
- about 240 secondary schools
- most universities and many polytechnics
- public libraries
- some community centres.
Below are some BreakOut database Māori scholarships. They are only a small selection of those listed in the database.
Annual Course Fee.
Applications closed 6 June.
Creative NZ - Manu Pirere Awards
Provider: Creative New Zealand
Applications closed 28 March.
Determined by Trustees.
Applications closed 31 March.
Total value of each scholarship will be up to $6,000.
2015 applications will be advertised in March 2015.
Read about students who have gained scholarships, and how they did it.
Undergraduate and industry scholarship stories
- Ministry of Education website - read about the four winners of the Ngārimu Scholarship
- Scoop website - Massey scholarship winner happy to be Ngātiwai role model