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.

Where can I find out about scholarship applications?

Three Māori students studying in the library

Many scholarships are listed online

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.

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 givME database.

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Hautahi Kingi

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givME database of scholarships

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

Ngai Tahu Tourism Scholarship - Te Pia Tāpoi

Provider: Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu

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

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Value:

$6000

Closing date:

Next: 20 October 2017

Scholarship applications open Thursday 6 September and will close Friday 20 October.

Hiwinui Heke Māori Pharmacy Scholarship

Provider: PHARMAC

Website: http://www.pharmac.health.nz

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Value:

For Pharmaceutical Study Assistance

Closing date:

Next: 31 October 2017

Applications close 31 October each year.

J H Mitchell Takitimu Memorial Scholarship

Provider: Wairoa College

Website:

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Value:

$800 minimum value per year. (May be split among more than one person.)

Closing date:

Next: 31 October 2017

Applications close on 31 October each year.

Maori Emerging Talent Scholarships

Provider: Media Design School

Website: http://www.mediadesignschool.com

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Value:

Closing date:

Next: 3 November 2017

All scholarship applications to study at Media Design School for February 2018 must be in by 3 November.

Kā Pūtea Grants

Provider: Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu

Website: http://www.ngaitahu.iwi.nz/culture/ngai-tahu-fund/

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Value:

$250 - 1st year of study $500 - 2nd and subsequent year(s) of study

Closing date:

Next: 30 November 2017

Applications must be submitted by 5pm.

Updated 1 Aug 2016