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.

HRC Māori Health Research Summer Studentships

Provider: Health Research Council of New Zealand

Website: http://www.hrc.govt.nz/funding-opportunities/maori-development#m%C4%81ori-health-research-summer-stu

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Value:

$5,000.

Closing date:

Next: 14 July 2017

Full applications - online submission system opens: 1 June 2017 - 8:00am Full applications - online submission

Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira Education Grant

Provider: Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira

Website: http://www.ngatitoa.iwi.nz

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Value:

The committee will only consider subsidising course fees.

Closing date:

Next: 7 August 2017

The Education Grant for 2017 will close Monday August 7, 2017.

Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Undergraduate Scholarships

Provider: Ministry of Education

Website: http://www.education.govt.nz/further-education/scholarships/

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Value:

$10,000 per year

Closing date:

Next: 29 September 2017

Applications for 2017 open 1 May – 29 September.

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.

Updated 1 Aug 2016