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.

Where can I find out about applying for scholarships?

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.

There are also websites and publications that have Pasifika scholarship information.

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

Salainaoloa Wilson

Tertiary Student

givME database of scholarships

Two female Pasifika students at a library computer

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.

Barbara Wood Memorial Foundation Scholarships

Provider: Barbara Wood Memorial Foundation

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

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Value:

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

Closing date:

Next: 21 January 2019

Applications must reach the Secretary by 3.00 p.m. mONDAY 21 January 2019 on the official application form (

New Zealand Pacific Scholarships

Provider: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Website: https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/aid-and-development/scholarships/types-of-scholarships

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Value:

See 'Additional Information.'

Closing date:

Next: 1 February 2019

Applications open February 1 and close March 14.

New Zealand Regional Development Scholarships

Provider: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Website: https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/aid-and-development/scholarships/types-of-scholarships

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Value:

Support for tuition, living costs and return airfares.

Closing date:

Next: 14 March 2019

Applications for the 2018 selection round for study beginning in 2019 are now OPEN.

The Teresia Teaiwa Memorial Scholarship in Pacific Studies

Provider: Victoria University of Wellington

Website: https://www.victoria.ac.nz/fgr

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Value:

Up to $6,000. See additional information.

Closing date:

Next: 30 October 2019

The Deane Music Scholarship

Provider: Victoria University of Wellington

Website: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/study/student-finance/scholarships

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Value:

$40,000. See additional informationfor further details.

Closing date:

Next: 31 October 2019

Updated 24 May 2018