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Bright Start Scholarship

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What does the scholarship get me?

Tuition fees and all compulsory fees charged by the University

Closing dates for applications

Next: 15 August 2020

15 August

Length of award

one year.

Number of awards offered

Up to 15

Purpose of award

This scholarship supports academically able students entering tertiary study for the first time, whose financial or personal circumstances might have prevented them from considering entry to tertiary education in the absence of the scholarship.

Selection criteria

• Applicants must not have participated in a programme at any tertiary education institution.
• The scholarship is tenable by students in full-time study in a programme for an undergraduate degree at the University.
• Applicants must be (a) New Zealand citizens, or (b) holders of New Zealand residence class visas, who have resided in New Zealand for at least the twelve months immediately preceding the closing date for applications.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

By accepting the award, recipients permit publication and announcement of their acceptance, and indicate that they are willing to engage in University community activities, such as student mentoring, acting as University ambassadors, and being involved with University publicity as appropriate.

How do students apply?

Applications for scholarships for those joining UC in 2019 have now closed. Applications for those intending to start studies in 2020 will open in June 2019.
Applications must be made online at the Scholarships website by 15 August.
Scholarship Page

Decision makers

The scholarship is awarded by the Council of the University, on the recommendation of a selection committee that comprises:
a. the University administrator of the Canterbury Bright Start Scholarship;
b. the Registrar (or nominee); and
c. the Vice-Chancellor (or nominee).

History or background of award

The CTEMT Canterbury Bright Start Scholarship was established in 2001 by the Canterbury Tertiary Education Millennial Trust for students from the Canterbury, West Coast, Nelson, and Marlborough regions who had the ability to succeed in tertiary study but who were experiencing financial or significant personal hardship. The scholarship was for tenure at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Lincoln University, and the University of Canterbury. In 2014 it was replaced by the Canterbury Bright Start Scholarship, which was funded by the University of Canterbury, for tenure by students of that university. In 2015 that scholarship was replaced by this UC Bright Start Scholarship, which supports students from any region of New Zealand. In 2017 the estate of Miss Lindsay Helen McDowall was added to this fund, and in 2018 the fund was further enhanced by the estate of University of Canterbury graduate Miss Amy Jamieson, who had been a librarian at the University.

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

The Scholarships Office
University of Canterbury
Level 3, Registry, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
+64 3 366 7001


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 January 2020.