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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.
"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.
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 Pasifika scholarships. They are only a small selection of those listed in the database.
Up to $1,000.00 depending on the need and cost of the course being undertaken.
Applications closed 31st January.
Annual Course Fee.
Applications closed 6 June.
Refer to Funder .
Applications closed 20th January.
Please contact NZIS.
New Zealand Pacific Scholarships
Provider: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
see 'Addtitional Information'.
Dates vary please visit www.aid.govt.nz/scholarships/ .
Read stories about Pasifika students who have received scholarships, and find out how they got them.