How to get a university scholarship – it’s easier than you think
Scholarships are a great way to fund tertiary study but so many students don’t even consider applying. There are plenty of myths about scholarships and it is often assumed that they are only available to the academic elite. However, there are actually many types of scholarships available. We bust some of the scholarship myths and help you discover what’s out there.
- Scholarships are just for smart people.
- There are only a few scholarships and they’re in demand.
- Someone else will get it.
- It takes too much time and effort to apply.
There are all sorts of scholarships available. Some examples include:
- AMP $10,000 Study Start Scholarship. This is for Year 12 to 13 students. Your teen doesn’t need to be a straight-A student but they do need to be determined to pursue their dream.
- Spark Scholarship. This scholarship is aimed at promoting diversity in the digital workforce by encouraging women to do tech-orientated degrees. Five of these scholarships are awarded every year. Each recipient gets $5000 a year for tuition fees.
- AUT’s Woolf Fisher First Scholarship. This scholarship covers all of the recipient’s tertiary fees. It’s for students who are the first in their family to do degree-level study.
There are plenty of scholarships out there – you just need to know where to look.
You won’t know unless you apply
If your teen does a bit of research into what scholarships they may qualify for and commits the time to applying, they could be pleasantly surprised. While some scholarships are more competitive, some don’t get many applicants at all.
It’s easy – follow these 5 steps to apply
If your teen is keen to apply for a scholarship you can share these helpful steps with them.
- Know what’s on offer. Do your research – find out what scholarships are available.
- Make sure you qualify. Make your application worthwhile – be sure you understand what the qualifying criteria are and that you meet them.
- Gather your information. You’ll need to fill out forms when you apply for most scholarships. Find out exactly what supporting documentation you need. For example, you may be asked to supply school results, evidence of community involvement or proof of financial hardship.
- Make a good impression. Remember the three Ts – be tidy, thorough and timely. Submit a neat application with all the relevant documentation – on time!
- Do a final check. Make sure your application doesn’t have spelling mistakes and meets all the requirements.
- Te Pōkai Tara Universities New Zealand website – explore the 40 scholarships available on their database
- Royal Society of New Zealand website – find out what scholarships the Royal Society funds
- AMP website – find out more about the $10,000 Study Start Scholarship
- Te Pōkai Tara Universities New Zealand website – get information about the Spark Scholarship
- AUT website – find out more about the Woolf Fisher First Scholarship
- Scholarship advice and information for Māori and Pasifika students
- Get detailed advice on how to apply for a scholarship
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Updated 20 Sep 2016