Mike Watson Memorial Award

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What does the scholarship get me?


Closing dates for applications

Next: 30 April 2022

30 Apr 20 - deferred 15 May 20 covid19

Length of award

One Year

Number of awards offered


Purpose of award

This scholarship will cover tuition fees to the maximum value of the scholarship. The remaining funds, if any, will be paid in two lump sums:
1. On confirmation of enrolment
2. At midpoint of study (this is subject to evidence being provided by the applicant of satisfactory progress).

Selection criteria

Student will be of Māori descent
Student will be enrolled in a postgraduate, degree or diploma
Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates a commitment to the community and whakairo.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Applicant Declaration of the Application Form must be signed.

How do students apply?

Application form can be downloaded from Te Wananga o Aotearoa website link provided below.
Online Application

How and when do students learn of the decision?

Scholarships recipients announced in May.

Decision makers

Aotearoa Scholarship Trustees

History or background of award

Mike Watson was the Campus Director of the Papaioea campus and served in senior management at Te Wananga o Aotearoa (TWoA) during some challenging times until his untimely passing in 2007. Mike was deeply committed to arts as a way of communicating and reviving Matauranga Māori. This award recognises this passion.

Additional information

Applicants must provide the following support information:
1 Current enrolment confirmation from the post secondary/tertiary institution
2 Previous records of learning/academic transcripts from the post secondary/tertiary institution (please provide verified copies)

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

Te Wananga o Aotearoa
PO Box 151, Te Awamutu
0800 355 553


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.