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The following are scholarship opportunities for students of UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North.

Scholarships closing February/March/April/May

General Scholarships

  • Andrew Cliff Award - a UCOL staff member must nominate applicants. It's aimed at students who have demonstrated a willingness to support and aid others with their course of study. Up to $1,000. Closes 29 May.
  • Jaycee Trust Scholarship - Supported by Palmerston North Jaycee Trust in association with Palmerston North City Council, this scholarship is available to students who demonstrate academic merit, interest and leadership in community affairs. Your plans for the future and financial circumstances will be taken into consideration. $1,500. Closes 29 May.

Arts and Design


  • Child Forum Men in ECE Invitation Award - This award welcomes men into the early childhood care and education profession. Applicants must be male, studying towards a degree/diploma in early childhood education, and have enrolled within the last 60 days.  $400.
  • TeachNZ Early Childhood Scholarships - Open to people entering study into their initial teaching qualification who have knowledge, understanding and experience of working with Māori or Pasifika communities and want to teach in the early childhood sector.  Course fees and $10,000 over the period of study. Closes February.
Health and Sciences

  • L.A. Alexander Trust Bursary for UCOL students studying Veterinary Nursing or Science, who are from the Taranaki/Waverley area. Up to 50% of course fees. Additionally, the John McIntyre Memorial Scholarship of up to $10,000 and the Kathleen Corlett Memorial Scholarship of up to $1,000 may also be awarded to an applicant at the discretion of the Trustees.
  • New Zealand Nurses Organisation scholarships and grants - several national and regional scholarships are available to undergraduate students of nursing.  Up to $5,000. Some application deadlines are in February.

    Māori Students

    • Frances Irwin Hunt Art Scholarship - available to full-time Māori students studying in the fields of performing or cultural arts. $3,500. Closes April.
    • Regina Rudland Memorial Scholarship - available to students of Ngāti Porou descent undertaking study in the field of agriculture or apiculture at level 3 or higher.  $500. Closes April.
    • Rose Hellaby Bursaries Scholarship Scholarship - available to Māori undergraduate students studying to become qualified or employed in a profession or calling, which includes scientific, mathematical or technical skills.  $1,000. Closes April.
    • Roy Watling Mitchell Bursaries Scholarship - available to first-year Māori undergraduate students who attended secondary school as a Year 13 student in 2017.  $1,000. Closes April.
    • Sir Apirana Ngata Memorial Scholarship - available to a full-time Māori undergraduate student, who attended Ngata Memorial College as a Year 13 student in 2017.  $1,000. Closes April.
    • Sister Annie Henry Scholarship - for the training or education of any direct descendants of Reverand John George Laughton, or of Tūhoe descent.  $700. Closes April.
    • Ti Maru Māori Trust Prestigious Scholarship - available to Māori graduates enrolled in their final year of study with a record of academic excellence. $5,000. Closes April.
    • Awhina Nursing Scholarship - Available to full-time Māori undergraduate students enrolled at the Palmerston North Campus of UCOL who are in their second or subsequent year of study for a Bachelor of Nursing. $1,000. Closes April.
    • Tupu Tai Pasifika Public Policy Internship Programme - an opportunity for students and recent graduates of Pacific descent to gain real world experience and experience the incredible opportunities on offer within the Government/Public sector. Closes July.

    Female Students

    Scholarships closing August

    Female Students

    • Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship - Available to female students who are New Zealand citizens aged at least 25 years as at 1 September 2019, enrolled in study at UCOL, with a proven record of academic achievement, able to use the scholarship in 2021. Closes the end of August.
    • Sir Robert Jones Refugee Daughters' Scholarship - Available to young women from refugee backgrounds to complete a tertiary qualification. Tuition fees will be paid in full through to degree attainment, subject to satisfactory examination results. Hostel accommodation will be paid for the first two years of study if the student attends a tertiary institution outside their home town.

    General Scholarships

    • Jaycee Trust Travelling Fellowship Scheme - The Jaycee Trust offers a Travelling Fellowship Scheme, where successful applicants can receive funding of up to $5,000 for travel costs for a study programme or a special project within or beyond New Zeland. Opens 24 Aug 2020.

    Māori Students

    • Māori CPA Australia Scholarship - Available to Māori students with the best-qualified applications based on tertiary academic results and will assist recipients to meet education requirements needed to attain CPA status.

    Scholarships closing September

    Female Students

    Soroptomist International of Palmerston North - Available to full-time, female UCOL students who are New Zealand citizens. Up to $1,000.

    General Scholarships

    • Colleen McPherson Memorial Grant - Available to a UCOL student who has a disability or who has a dependant with a disability, and is facing additional costs or exceptional circumstances. $1,000.
    • UCOL Scholarship for Effort and Achievement - Available to a dedicated UCOL student who has demonstrated academic effort and achievement (not necessarily a 'straight A' student). $1,000.

    Māori Students

    Scholarships closing October

    Health and Sciences

    • New Zealand Seniors Aged Care Futures Grant: The grant of $5,000 is awarded to one eligible student enrolled full-time in an accredited New Zealand Tertiary Education Institution and be studying for a certificate, diploma, degree or traineeship in any of the following areas:aged care, aged care nursing, dementia care, disabilities care, or any other courses leading to similar careers as an aged carer. The application is closes on October 31, 2020.
    Trades and Technology

    • Ann Sinclair Tertiary Farming and Agricultural Study Funding - available to farming studies students for education, travel and accommodation expenses.  The applications close 31 October each year.
    • Freemasons Willson Lewis Scholarship - in conjunction with Master Builders and UCOL have scholarships available to qualified trades people working in the construction industry. $4,000. The applications closes 2nd October 2020.
    • The Hi-Tech Foundation Scholarship: Each year 'He Whetū Mārama Ngā Karahipi / Leading Light Scholarship Programme’ provides five successful applicants will be awarded up to $5,000 each to cover their tuition and living costs. The application closes on October 31 each year.
    Female Students

    • GCSB STEM Scholarship for Women - Open to female students (second year and above) studying Science (e.g. IT related), Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. $10,000. The applications closes 1 October. 

    More scholarships

    • Central Energy Trust Bursaries - available to New Zealand citizens or permanent residents residing in the Manawatu/Tararua region who are commencing their first year of tertiary study in 2019. Candidates will be assessed based on a combination of factors including academic record, participation in cultural, sport or community activities, future leadership potential and financial need. A higher weighting on school academic performance will apply. Up to $15,000.
    • One Choice Future Grant: The $5,000 grant is awarded to one eligible student a year. The applicant should have enrolled full-time in an accredited New Zealand Tertiary Education Institution and be studying for a certificate, diploma, degree or traineeship in any of the following areas: business, finance, medicine, healthcare, specialist healthcare.

    See the links on UCOL's scholarships page.