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Scholarships, grants and awards for Pasifika students

There are many scholarships, grants and awards available to Pasifika students, so it pays to do some research to find the best one for you.

Who can I talk to about scholarship applications?

Contact the Pasifika liaison at universities or polytechnics to find out more about scholarships for Pasifika peoples. You can also approach community and church leaders, as they often have information about scholarships and funding opportunities for Pasifika students.

The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs (MPIA) also has information on relevant scholarships on their website.

Salainaoloa Wilson

"I am a bit disappointed that I didn't try for scholarships before. Sometimes you don't apply because you think you are not good enough. What people have to realise is that some scholarships don't even have any applicants."

Salainaoloa Wilson, Tertiary Student

What can I look at for scholarships?

BreakOut database of scholarships

Two female Pasifika students sitting at a table, looking at information on a computer
Search the BreakOut database and find scholarships that are right for you

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 Pasifika scholarships. They are only a small selection of those listed in the database.

Canterbury DHB Maori Pacific Health Scholarship

Provider: He Oranga Pounamu

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

Read more

Value:

Annual Course Fee.

Closing date:

Applications closed 6 June.

Hoe Tahi Addiction and Methamphetamine Scholarships

Provider: Te Rau Matatini

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

Read more

Value:

Refer to Funder .

Closing date:

Applications closed 20 January.

New Zealand Institute of Sport Scholarships

Provider: New Zealand Institute of Sport

Website: http://www.nzis.co.nz/apply-to-study

Read more

Value:

Tuition Fees.

Closing date:

Please contact NZIS.

New Zealand Pacific Scholarships

Provider: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Website: http://www.aid.govt.nz/funding-and-contracts/scholarships/types-scholarship

Read more

Value:

see 'Addtitional Information'.

Closing date:

Dates vary please visit www.aid.govt.nz/scholarships/ .

New Zealand Regional Development Scholarships

Provider: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Website: http://www.aid.govt.nz/funding-and-contracts/scholarships/types-scholarship

Read more

Value:

Support for tuition, living costs and return airfares.

Closing date:

Closing dates vary each region .