DairyNZ Scholarship

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What does the scholarship get me?


Closing dates for applications

Next: 7 December 2021

Closing date:7 December each year.

Length of award

Four years

Purpose of award

Each year, bright young Kiwis have the opportunity to apply for their share of $300,000 worth of scholarships on offer from the dairy industry. Annual Tuition fees to the value of $5,750 are funded for up to 4 years. Recipients are also supported and mentored throughout their time at either Lincoln or Massey Universities as well as being given opportunities to network with industry leaders. 

Selection criteria

Applicants must be enrolled or intending to enrol in one of the following programmes: 
Bachelor of AgriScience - Agriculture 
Bachelor of AgriCommerce 
Bachelor of Science - Agricultural Science or Animal Science 
Bachelor of Business Studies in Agribusiness 
Bachelor of Applied Economics in Agricultural Economics 

Eligibility and Criteria 
Applicants need to have NCEA Level 3 or better and be either a New Zealand Citizen or New Zealand Permanent Resident. 
The scholarship is tenable up to four years and pays the full, formal annual tuition fees - up to a maximum of $6,325 per year. Support and mentoring is also provided for recipients. 

Students need to be registered in a full-time course at either Lincoln or Massey University by 31 March in the year of the award and satisfactorily complete course work in each year preceding re-application. 
The scholarship will be awarded on the recommendation of a Dairy Industry Scholarships Selection Committee comprising representatives from the New Zealand dairy industry, Lincoln and Massey Universities. 

The scholarships are awarded based on: 

Academic merit 
Evidence of and/or planned activity to support the New Zealand dairy industry 
Evidence of potential leadership skills and/or service to the community or sporting activities etc 
Agreement to contribute to the development and promotion of New Zealand dairy industry (such as school promotional visits, career days etc) 
Academic performance in the previous year of the course for re-application by existing scholars 

How do students apply?

An application form (either in pdf or word format) is available from the DairyNZ website: http://www.dairynz.co.nz/people/careers/dairynz-scholarships/

Forward your completed application to Susan Stokes, Industry Education Facilitator, DairyNZ Limited, Private Bag 3221, Waikato Mail Centre, Hamilton 3240. Academic results must be forwarded once these are available. 

Applications for the following year close on 7 December annually. 
Application Form

How and when do students learn of the decision?

Successful applicants are contacted by phone and officially notified by mail. Unsuccessful applicants are notified by mail. All applicants will know the outcome of their application by no later than 10 February.

Decision makers

Representatives of DairyNZ, Lincoln University and Massey University

History or background of award

Introduced in 2001, DairyNZ Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students with a particular interest in dairying, who are undertaking an agriculture or agricultural-related degree at either Lincoln or Massey Universities.

Additional information


Susan Stokes 
Industry Education Facilitator 
DairyNZ Limited 
Phone: 07 858 3839 
Mobile: 027 702 1263 
Email: susan.stokes@dairynz.co.nz 


Dr Kerry Harrington 
Chairperson, Applied Science Scholarship Committee 
Practical Teaching Complex (PN621) 
Massey University 
Private Bag 11-222 
Manawatu Mail Centre 
Palmerston North 4442 
Free Phone: 0800 MASSEY 0800 627 739 
Phone: (06) 350 4926 
Fax: (06) 350 5753 
Email: k.harrington@massey.ac.nz
Application cannot be accepted before 07/09/2017.

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

Massey University
Private Bag 11-222, Palmerston North 4222
0800 627 739


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 December 2020.