Ellen Castle Undergraduate Scholarship in the Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences

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What does the scholarship get me?

Up to $5,000 pa

Closing dates for applications

Next: 1 November 2022

Length of award

Up to 3 years

Number of awards offered


Purpose of award

The purpose of the Scholarship is to assist school leavers from decile 1-3 schools who have the potential to succeed at University and require financial assistance to undertake a Bachelor of Arts in the Schools of Humanities and/or Social Sciences at the University of Auckland.

Selection criteria

The Scholarships are tenable by students who are citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand and who are in Year 13 at a decile 1-3 New Zealand secondary school at the time of application.

To take up and be paid the Scholarship the candidate must have paid the fees, or arranged to pay the fees, for enrolment in a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in the Schools of Humanities and/or the Social Sciences (see Notes i, ii and iii).

The basis of selection will be academic merit, demonstrated financial need and an interest in the Humanities and/or Social Sciences (see Notes iv and v).

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

To take up their offer of the Award applicants must achieve admission the University of Auckland with a NCEA rank score of at least 220, a CIE rank score of at least 260 or an IB score of at least 29, which are equivalent to a University of Auckland entry GPE of 4.00.

To take up and to maintain the Scholarship the recipient must attain a GPE or GPA of at least 4.00 (equivalent to a B- average) each semester (see Notes iv and vi).

The University of Auckland Council, in consultation with the Donor, has the power to terminate or suspend a Scholarship if it receives an unsatisfactory report on the progress of a Scholar from the Dean of the Faculty of Arts.

How do students apply?

Scholarship applications will usually open around six weeks before the closing date. Please read the regulations carefully to be sure you are eligible before you apply.
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How and when do students learn of the decision?

Approximately 6 weeks after the application date

Decision makers

The Scholarship will be awarded by the University of Auckland Council upon the recommendation of a Selection Committee comprising the Dean of the Faculty of Arts (or nominee), the Pro Vice Chancellor (Equity) (or nominee) and one member of Academic Staff from the School of Humanities or School of Social Sciences, as appointed by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts.

History or background of award

The Scholarship shall be known as the Ellen Castle Undergraduate Scholarship in the Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Scholarship was established in 2014.

Additional information

The Scholarship will be paid in two instalments, one in the first, and one in the second semester.

The Scholarship may not be held concurrently with a University of Auckland Scholarship, University of Auckland Academic Excellence Scholarship or a University of Auckland Chancellor’s Award for Top Maori and Pacific Scholars but may be held with any other award or grant as long as a) the terms of that award or grant permit and b) the University of Auckland Council is informed and approves.

Recipients must be enrolled continuously in their programme of study. Deferrals for students who have already commenced their degree will not usually be approved unless there are compelling medical or personal circumstances. Any deferral requests must be applied for in writing to the Scholarships Office.

If a student enrols at another tertiary institution in New Zealand, the Scholarship will lapse.

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

The Scholarship Office
The University of Auckland
+64 9 373 7599


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 November 2020.