First Foundation Scholarship

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What does the scholarship get me?


Closing dates for applications

Next: 19 July 2020

Applications close 19 July 2020

Length of award

- $12,000 towards tertiary fees at degree level ($6,000 per year, 2nd and 3rd year of university)
- $8,000-$10,000 scholarship management fee

Number of awards offered

One or more

Purpose of award

First Foundation gives preference to students who will be the first in their immediate family to attend university, display leadership qualities, have a proven academic record, demonstrate resilience and who represent the ethnic diversity of low decile schools.

Selection criteria

We work with 61 low decile schools throughout the country, each of whom are invited to nominate a select number of students for the programme based on criteria such as academic results and leadership potential.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

At the end of the year, the Partnering Organisation Student, their Mentor and FF Representatives complete a formal review to identify highlights, progress and areas for improvement.

How do students apply?

2020 Applications open Monday 20th April.

The nominated students then apply to First Foundation for the opportunity to be interviewed for a scholarship.

There are stages 5 during the application process.
Please see information and links provided below for the process.
Scholarship Page
Online Application Form

How and when do students learn of the decision?

Applicants are shortlisted and interviewed and successful applicants attend an award Ceremony held in November.

Decision makers

The Partnering Organisation.

History or background of award

A First foundation Scholarship is a unique partnership between a Student, a Partnering Organisation, Mentor and the Foundation itself. Established in 1998, the First Foundation has proved that this unique partnership approach supports achievement.

Additional information

We achieve this through a proven and unique 4 year programme that includes;
paid work experience, networks and financial support students receive from their Scholarship Partner (sponsoring organisation);
the advice and guidance students receive from their personal mentor; and
the support and development provided by First Foundation assists the students to make successful transitions from school to university, through university and then into the workforce.
Students receive their First Foundation scholarships at the end of Year 12. This recognises the importance of both their final year at school and the transition from secondary school to tertiary education.

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

Cornelia Veikune
Student Programme Manager
First Foundation
PO Box 74197, Auckland 1546
0800 426 387


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 May 2020.