Academic Potential Scholarship - Pathway Programme Students

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What does the scholarship get me?

From $6,000 to $20,000 paid over 3 years

Closing dates for applications

Next: 2 September 2022

19 Aug 20

Length of award

First three full-time years of an undergraduate degree programme

Number of awards offered

Up to 100

Purpose of award

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.

The initial basis of selection will be academic ability based on grades for the current year of study in an approved University of Auckland pathway programme. 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 background, if the student has a disability and if the applicant resides in a rural area.

Approved University of Auckland pathway programmes include: all University of Auckland Foundation programmes, Certificate of Health Sciences, Tertiary Foundation Certificate, Foundation Certificate Education, Unibound – Certificate in Academic Preparation, Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) Certificate in Pre-degree Studies (Engineering)

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

As a condition of tenure recipients will be required to undertake full-time study for a degree at the University ofAuckland and maintain a grade point average of at least 3.50 in each year of study.

A University of Auckland Academic Potential Scholarship may not be held concurrently with a University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarship, University of Auckland Pacific Academic Excellence Scholarship or a University of Auckland Māori Academic Excellence Scholarship. However, it may be held with any other study award or grant where the regulations for that award or grant permit and where the University of Auckland Council is informed and so approves.

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), 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.
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.

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.