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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.

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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.

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?

Below are links to some of the main websites and publications that have Pasifika scholarship information.

givME database of scholarships

Two female Pasifika students sitting at a table

Search the givME database and find scholarships that are right for you

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

Aniva Scholarships

Provider: Ministry of Health

Website: http://www.moh.govt.nz

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Refer to Funder.

Closing date:

Applications closed 4 January.

Canterbury DHB Māori Pacific Health Scholarship

Provider: He Oranga Pounamu

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

Read more


Annual Course Fee

Closing date:

Applications closed 5 June 2015

First Foundation Scholarship

Provider: First Foundation

Website: http://firstfoundation.org.nz/

Read more


Tertiarty Fees

Closing date:

Application is by school nomination.

Kupe Scholarships for Maori and Pasifika High Achievers

Provider: Ministry of Education

Website: http://www.teachnz.govt.nz/scholarships/kupe-scholars/

Read more


Refer to 'Additional Information'

Closing date:

Applications closed 29 June

New Zealand Institute of Sport Scholarships

Provider: New Zealand Institute of Sport

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

Read more


Tuition Fees.

Closing date:

Please contact NZIS.

Updated 31 Aug 2015