The University of Auckland Academic Potential Scholarship - School Leavers

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What does the scholarship get me?

Up to $20,000 paid over 3 years

Closing dates for applications

Next: 2 September 2022

2 Sep 20

Length of award

3 years

Number of awards offered

Up to 100

Purpose of award

The University of Auckland is committed to providing a safe, inclusive and equitable study environment for all students who have the potential to succeed in a university of high international standing.

The University of Auckland Academic Potential Scholarship acknowledges that some talented students may face significant barriers to tertiary education, and take into account a number of factors that can impact on an individual’s ability to participate at university. They recognise students who have achieved academically, but are experiencing hardships or who may have been disadvantaged due to their personal circumstances.

Selection criteria

The Scholarship will be offered to citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand, currently in their final year of study at a New Zealand secondary school and intending to enrol in a full-time degree programme at the University of Auckland in the following year. Applications may also be considered from students who have studied at least until the end of Year 11 at a New Zealand secondary school and who, at the time of application are studying overseas in either an IB or CIE programme, or who have completed an IB or CIE programme within the year of application. Māori and Pacific candidates intending to enrol in a Certificate of Health Sciences followed by an undergraduate degree programme at the University of Auckland may also be considered for the Scholarship.

The initial basis of selection will be academic ability based on results at Level 2 or higher in the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) or an equivalent qualification. The personal circumstances of applicants will also be taken in to consideration including: demonstrated financial need, the decile of the most recent secondary school attended, if the applicant is the first in their family to attend university, if the applicant comes from a refugee.

How do students apply?

Scholarship applications will usually open around six weeks before the closing date. Please read the regulations carefully to be sure you are eligible before you apply.
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Decision makers

The Scholarship will be awarded by the University of Auckland Council on the recommendation of a Review Committee comprising the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equity) (or nominee), the Director of the Schools Partnership Office (or nominee) and two Academic staff representatives nominated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). In addition, all awarding recommendations will be endorsed by the Entry Level Review Committee.

History or background of award

The Scholarship was established in 2016 and is funded by the University of Auckland.

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact

The Scholarship Office
The University of Auckland
+64 9 373 7599


Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently. The administrator of this record last updated this information in September 2020.