Waitaha-A-Hei / University of Waikato Scholarship

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What does the scholarship get me?


Closing dates for applications

Next: 15 September 2023

15 September each year

Length of award

One Year

Number of awards offered

Up to two

Purpose of award

1.1.The Scholarship was designed to provide a supportive student environment that fosters the mind (opportunity to study at University), body (healthy lifestyle) and soul (a supportive community environment in the Hall of Residence environment),all of which are demonstrably beneficial to academic and life-long progress.

Selection criteria

2.1.To be eligible, applicants must:
a)be a registered beneficiary with Te Kapu o Waitaha;
b)be studying at NCEA Level 3 towards University Entrance at a secondary school in the year prior to tenure;
c)qualify for Fees-Free Tertiary Educationin the year of tenure(https://www.feesfree.govt.nz/);
d)be intending to enrol full-time in an undergraduate degree (a full-time academic year comprises 120-points) at the University of Waikato for the first time1in the year of tenure, and commencing study in the first semester that year(Semester A).

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

7.1.Academic (or other) progress will be observedby Waitaha Charitable Trust. Successful applicants will be required to complete one online accountability form (provided by Waitaha Charitable Trust) and submit two mid-semester self-assessment reports during the year of tenure.
7.2.The Scholarships Committee, after consultation andagreement with Waitaha Charitable Trust, may terminate a Scholarship at any time, and recoup any funds disbursed, if the holder withdraws from the University of Waikato during the tenure of the Scholarship, brings the Scholarship programme,WaitahaCharitable Trustor the University into disrepute1, or is otherwise not complying with the conditions governing the Scholarship. The holder of a Scholarship will have the right to appeal to the Scholarships Executive against any decision to terminate the award.
7.3.Recipients must remain enrolled full-time for the period of tenure. Should a recipient withdraw from any papers, without adding sufficient papers to maintain an overall full-time enrolment, the University and Waitaha Charitable Trust may ask for the Scholarship to be repaid.
7.4.In accepting the Scholarship offerthe recipient will be deemed to have read, understood and accepted the conditions of the Scholarship.
7.5.The Scholarship is not refundable to the recipient under any circumstances.The School of Graduate Research -Scholarships may liaise directly with the Residential Managers of the Halls of Residence to gain access to any relevant documents provided in support of a Scholarship applicant’s application to enter a hall of residence.
7.6.Recipients may hold the scholarship concurrently with other University of Waikato Scholarships, provided the other scholarship is not used for accommodation.
7.7.The Scholarship may be heldtogether with any other scholarships unless the conditions of the other awards preclude this.
7.8.By accepting the Scholarship, the recipient agrees to participate in any reasonable publicity concerning the Scholarship arranged by Waitaha Charitable Trustand/or University of Waikato.

How do students apply?

If you are new to the University of Waikato you will need to:
Complete an Application to Enrol BEFORE you can have access to apply for Scholarships and Awards (This application is not a commitment to study here at the University of Waikato and can be withdrawn or updated at any time).
If you are a current student or already have a MyWaikato account you will be redirected to the MyWaikato screen:
Log in to MyWaikato
Click on the ‘Scholarships’ tab and select the scholarship you wish to apply for from the list of scholarships at the bottom of the page.
Once you are ready, click on the 'Apply Now' button below and continue with your application/s.
University of Waikato Scholarships Page
Online Application Form

How and when do students learn of the decision?

6.1.The offer of a Scholarship must be accepted by the date indicated in the offeror the offer will lapse.
6.2.To maintain eligibility, students offered the scholarship must: a)Gain University Entrance;b)Be accepted into their programme of study;c)Remain enrolled full-time for the period of tenure, andd)Attend a Waitaha Scholarship Wananga organised by Waitaha Charitable Trust. At the Wananga, the Scholarship will be formally awarded.
6.3.The Scholarship will have a maximum tenure of oneyear and must be taken up in the year for which it is offered
6.4.The Scholarship will be paid towards accommodation creditin two lump sums each year, with the second payment being conditional upon the student passing all first semester papers.
6.5.The Scholarship will be paidtowards accommodation fees and UniRec directly by the University of Waikato. Any course-related costs awarded by the scholarship will be provided as cashvia cheque.

Decision makers

5.1.The Selection Panel will comprise of up to two representatives from the Waitaha Charitable Trust, and a representative of the University Scholarship Committee (appointed annually by the Chair of the Scholarships Committee).
5.2.The Selection Panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into following the selection meeting.

History or background of award

The Waitaha-A-Hei /University of Waikato Scholarship was established in 2018 as a dollar-for-dollar co-partnership between Waitaha Charitable Trust and the University of Waikato. The Scholarship was designed to increase the participation and success of Waitaha studentswhile studying at undergraduate level. Up to two scholarships will be offered each year.

Additional information

3.1.Scholarships will have a total value up to $14,500and will consist of:
a) An accommodation credit in a fully-catered Halls of Residence(Bryant Hallor Student Village) up to $13,500.
b) A membership to UniRec valued up to $500for one (1) year;
c) Up to $500 towards compulsory course requirements (e.g., text-books)
d) Recipients will be guaranteeda place in the Halls of Residence.

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

Scholarships Office
University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105, Hamilton, 3240
+64 7 838 4489


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 2021.