Dairy NZ Undegraduate Scholarship

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What does the scholarship get me?

$6325 in tuition fees for up to 4 years

Closing dates for applications

Next: 7 December 2022

Usually closes on 7 December.

Length of award

The scholarships assist students meeting the costs of university study at Massey University, Lincoln University and The University of Waikato.

Number of awards offered

Up to 47

Purpose of award

Each year, bright young Kiwis have the opportunity to apply for their share of more than $300,000  worth of scholarships on offer from the dairy industry. Annual Tuition fees to the value of $6325 are funded for up to 4 years. Recipients are also supported and mentored throughout their time at either Lincoln, Massey or Waikato Universities as well as being given opportunities to network with industry leaders.

Selection criteria

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 $6325 per year.
Students need to be registered in a full-time course at either Lincoln University, Massey University or The University of Waikato 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, Massey and Waikato Universities.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Scholarship winners are mentored and supported through university and can expect to gain employment in a variety of positions, either on-farm or in the support areas in dairying.

How do students apply?

Complete the scholarship application form below and forward your completed application to:
Susan Stokes, Industry Education Facilitator
DairyNZ Limited, Private Bag 3221, Hamilton
Academic results must be forwarded once they are available.
Application Form

How and when do students learn of the decision?

The scholarships are awarded based on:

Evidence of and/or planned activity to support the New Zealand dairy industry.
Academic merit.
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.

Decision makers

Study programmes
The scholarships assist students meeting the costs of university study at Lincoln, Massey and Waikato Universities. All have a wide range of undergraduate degrees in dairy-related areas, including:
Lincoln University
Bachelor of Agriculture
Bachelor of Agricultural Science
Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture)
Bachelor of Commerce (Production Management, Rural Finance)
Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Planning and Bachelor of Environmental Management and Planning
Bachelor of Science (Majors in Agritech, Bio-security and Bio-protection, Conservation and Ecology, Food Science and Land, Water, Environment)
Massey University
Bachelor of AgriScience - Agriculture
Bachelor of AgriCommerce
Bachelor of Science - Agricultural Science or Animal Science or Environmental Science
Bachelor of Business Studies in Agribusiness
Bachelor of Applied Economics in Agricultural Economics
The University of Waikato
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science (Technology)
Bachelor of Business Analysis (Agribusiness)
Bachelor of Management Studies (Agribusiness)
Please note: Veterinary Science, Veterinary Technology, Food Science and Food Technology degree programmes are not eligible for DairyNZ Scholarships.

History or background of award

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

Additional information

From an annual  fund of $300,000

Since the scholarship programme started in 2001, the dairy industry has supported over 285 bright and talented young Kiwis in their university studies. 170 have graduated, some of whom are profiled here.
Their stories are real examples of how the scholarships have not only helped them financially, but also created networking, learning and job opportunities they may not have otherwise had.

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

Susan Stokes
Industry Education Facilitator
Private Bag 3221, Hamilton 3240


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.