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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.

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

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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.

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.

Barbara Wood Memorial Foundation Scholarships

Provider: Barbara Wood Memorial Foundation

Website: http://www.wi.org.nz/

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Up to $1,000.00 depending on the need and cost of the course being undertaken.

Closing date:

Applications closed 30 January.

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 6 June.

Ko Awatea Health Scholarships

Provider: Counties Manukau District Health Board

Website: http://www.countieshealthjobs.com/healthcouldb4u/where-start/scholarships

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Maximum of $5,000

Closing date:

Applications closed 15 December.

New Zealand Institute of Sport Scholarships

Provider: New Zealand Institute of Sport

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

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Tuition Fees

Closing date:

Please contact NZIS

Updated 26 Mar 2015