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The following are scholarship opportunities for students of UCOL Whanganui.

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.
  • Gary Reid Memorial Scholarship - available to a student facing significant challenges in undertaking their studies, and who demostrates a high level of commitment to completion. The grant must be put towards good use in completing one's studies. $1,000.


  • 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

Māori Students

Female Students

Scholarships closing August

General Scholarships

  • Whanganui UCOL Scholarship - available to full-time students of UCOL in Whanganui. $500 - $1,000.

Female students

  • 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.
  • 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 2020. Closes the end of August.

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

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

Trades and Technology

  • Ann Sinclair Tertiary Farming and Agricultural Study Funding - available to farming studies students for education, travel and accommodation expenses.  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. 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. Closes 1 October. 

More scholarships
  • 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.