The 'Ko Te Tangata' Scholarship (Bay of Plenty Schools)

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What does the scholarship get me?

Up to $5,000

Closing dates for applications

Next: 31 August 2021

31 Aug 2019

Length of award

Each Scholarship will have a value of up to $5,000 and will have a tenure of one year, even if a recipient’s Fees-Free status spreads the processing of the Scholarship over more than one year. 
If a recipient is eligible for Fees-Free under the NZ Government’s Fees-Free Tertiary Education Policy during the year of tenure of this Scholarship, then the Scholarship may be credited to the recipient’s accommodation fees in one of the University’s Halls of Residence or credited to the recipient’s University of Waikato tuition fees for the following academic year where Fees-Free doesn’t apply, with any remaining funds to be forfeited by the recipient. a) If a recipient chooses to defer the credit of their Scholarship towards tuition fees to the following academic year, the payment will be conditional on the recipient gaining at least a B grade point average in their first year of study.
If a recipient is not eligible for Fees-Free under the NZ Government’s Fees-Free Tertiary Education Policy during the year of tenure of this Scholarship, then the Scholarship will be credited to the recipient’s University tuition fees with the remainder of the scholarship to be forfeited. Alternatively, the Scholarship may be used for accommodation fees in a University Hall of Residence.
Recipients may study at either the Hamilton or Tauranga campus (or both).

Number of awards offered

One +

Purpose of award

To recognise the University of Waikato’s strong commitment to the schools and communities of the Bay of Plenty region. 
To make the University of Waikato accessible to applicants with academic ability and community involvement, with special consideration for those with serious financial need and/or extraordinary personal circumstances.

Selection criteria

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must: a) be studying at NCEA Level 3, or equivalent, at a secondary school within the Bay of Plenty region (see map in Appendix 1);
be intending to enrol full-time (a full-time academic year comprises 120 points) in an undergraduate degree at the University of Waikato for the first time1 in the year of tenure; and
be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident. Students who finished secondary school in 2018 and are taking a ‘gap year’ in 2019 may also apply for the Scholarship, provided they meet the eligibility criteria.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

The Scholarship may not be held in conjunction with any other University of Waikato scholarship that contains a tuition fees or accommodation credit component, except the D.V. Bryant Trust University of Waikato Residential Scholarship. It may be held in conjunction with any other scholarship, award or prize unless the conditions of the other award preclude this. 
Should a recipient withdraw from any papers, without adding sufficient papers to maintain an overall enrolment in a minimum of 120 points for the academic year, the University may ask for the Scholarship to be repaid.
In accepting the Scholarship, the recipient will be deemed to have read, understood, and accepted the conditions of the Scholarship.

The Scholarships Committee may terminate this Scholarship at any time, and recoup any funds disbursed, if the holder withdraws from the University of Waikato, brings the Scholarship or the University into disrepute2 , or is otherwise not complying with the conditions governing the Scholarship and/or the regulations of the University of Waikato. The holder of a Scholarship shall have the right to appeal to the Scholarships Executive against any decision to terminate the Scholarship.
The Scholarship is not refundable to the student under any circumstances, although (in the case of fees payment) a student who withdraws from the University may (under the provisions of the Fees Regulations) apply for a refund of tuition fees paid that were not covered by the Scholarship.
By accepting the Scholarship, the recipient agrees to participate in any publicity concerning the Scholarship arranged by the University of Waikato.
The Scholarships Committee may, from time to time, vary these regulations.

How do students apply?

If you are new to the University of Waikato you will need to:
Complete an Application to Enrol BEFORE you can have access to apply for Scholarships and Awards (This application is not a commitment to study here at the University of Waikato and can be withdrawn or updated at any time).
If you are a current student or already have a MyWaikato account you will be redirected to the MyWaikato screen:
Log in to MyWaikato
Click on the ‘Scholarships’ tab and select the scholarship you wish to apply for from the list of scholarships at the bottom of the page.
Once you are ready, click on the 'Apply Now' button below and continue with your application/s.
Scholarship Page
Online Application Form

How and when do students learn of the decision?

Successful applicants will be advised of the conditional offer of a Scholarship and must accept the offer by the prescribed date or the offer will lapse.
To maintain eligibility, students offered the Scholarship must: a) gain University Entrance and achieve at least a Merit endorsement at NCEA Level 3, or equivalent;
be accepted into an undergraduate programme of study at the University of Waikato; c) remain enrolled full-time (i.e. 120 points) for the period of tenure; and d) where the recipient selects fees deferral, maintain at least a ‘B’ grade average in their first year of full-time study,

Through the School of Graduate Research and Student Services Division, the University monitors students’ performance and reserves the right to impose further conditions where a student’s conduct is unsatisfactory.

Decision makers

The Scholarship Selection Panel will comprise of the Chair of the Scholarships Committee (or nominee) in the Chair, the Scholarships Manager, the Deputy ViceChancellor Māori or Director of Regional Engagement (by agreement each year); the Associate Director of Future Students and a Faculty representative of the Scholarships Committee (appointed by the Chair).
In awarding the Scholarships, the Selection Panel will take into consideration all or some of the following: academic readiness (based on NCEA Level 2 results), community involvement, and financial need/personal circumstances (for example, first in family to study at university).
Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate academic ability, with special consideration to those who demonstrate serious financial hardship and/or exceptional personal circumstances.
The Selection Panel’s decisions are final and no further correspondence will be entered into following the selection meeting

History or background of award

The ‘Ko Te Tangata’ Scholarship (Bay of Plenty Schools) is the University of Waikato scholarship for the schools of the Bay of Plenty region. As a leading tertiary provider, the University of Waikato has been active in the Bay of Plenty since the 1990s, and with the new University campus due to open in the Tauranga CBD in 2019, our commitment to Tauranga and the Bay is set to endure long into the future. This Scholarship, named ‘for the people’, recognises the University’s strong connection and commitment to the schools and communities of the districts within the Bay of Plenty region, including (in alphabetical order): Kawerau District, Ōpōtoki District, Tauranga City, Western Bay of Plenty District, Whakatāne District, and parts of Rotorua and Taupō Districts.

Additional information

The Scholarship will be awarded primarily on the basis of evidence of academic readiness (NCEA Level 2 results), and community involvement. The Scholarship also recognises that for many prospective students, family and financial circumstances are factors that may hinder the opportunity to study at university, and special consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate serious financial hardship and/or extraordinary personal circumstances.

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

Scholarships Office
University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105, Hamilton, 3240
+64 7 838 4489


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.