Ralph & Eve Seelye Undergraduate Scholarships

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What does the scholarship get me?

Up to $5,000pa

Closing dates for applications

Next: 1 November 2021

Applications close with the Scholarships Office on 1 November of the year preceding the award.

Length of award

Duration of first undergraduate degree.

Number of awards offered

Up to ten

Purpose of award

The main purpose of the Scholarships is to assist school leavers from decile 1-3 schools who have the potential to succeed at University and who, because of financial hardship, may not otherwise be able to undertake a university degree.

Selection criteria

The basis of selection will be financial need, academic ability and motivation to succeed at University (see Note i).

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

The Scholarships 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 Māori 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.

To continue to hold the Scholarship the recipient must maintain a full-time degree programme of study at the University of Auckland with grade point average of at least 3.00 (equivalent to a C+ average) in each year of study (see Note iii).

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 relevant Dean.

The University of Auckland Council is not obliged to make an award if in any year there is no candidate of sufficient merit.

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?

By email or letter, approximately 6 weeks after the applications close

Decision makers

The Scholarships will be awarded by the University of Auckland Council upon the recommendation of a selection committee comprising the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) or nominee, the Chair of the Scholarships Sub-Committee or nominee and the Donor (or representative).

History or background of award

The Scholarships were established in 2014 and are funded by the Ralph & Eve Seelye Charitable Trust.

Additional information

Up to ten Scholarships will be awarded annually, each of the value of up to $5,000 per annum for a period of up to three years. Of the ten Scholarships, up to two scholarships will be awarded annually to students attending De La Salle College and up to two scholarships will be awarded annually to students attending McAuley High School, provided there are applicants of sufficient merit.

To be eligible for consideration for this Scholarship, students must be citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand, currently in Year 13 at a decile 1-3 New Zealand secondary school and intending to enrol in a full-time degree programme at the University of Auckland.

To take up the offer of the Scholarship, the awardees must achieve admission to the University of Auckland with a grade point equivalence of at least 3.00 (see Note ii).

Please refer to the regulations for the most up to date information on this Scholarship.

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 December 2020.