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Everyone should have the opportunity to study what they love. UCOL offers a range of scholarships, awards and hardship funds that give students the financial support to pursue their dreams. We have campus-wide scholarships available for students and a number of outside agencies and websites that provide government and national funding. There are also numerous business and industry scholarships available that play an important role in providing students the support they need to succeed at UCOL.

We encourage everyone to apply. Please contact the following UCOL staff members for scholarship advice.

Palmerston North scholarships
Student Information Centre located in Block 1

Whanganui scholarships
Coral Hanna (06) 965 3800 ext 60793

Wairarapa scholarships
Vanessa Dotrice (06) 952 2300 ext 72017 (mornings) 72044 (afternoons)

Auckland scholarships
Kiyo Cox (09) 523 0263

Youth Guarantee scholarships
Jane Crockett (06) 952-7001 ext 70610

Read more about Youth Guarantee scholarships or fill in the application form below.


Award NameLocationDates AvailableAmount AwardedCriteria
Willson Lewis Scholarship
Palmerston North
Closing date 1st October 2016$6,000

Applicants must have completed an apprenticeship within the construction industry and be in the employ of a registered Master Builder in the district. For detailed criteria, see the application form. Contact

Rotary Club of Wellington North Scholarship Trust
WairarapaOpening 1 September and closing 31 October 2016$2,000-$6,000

Applications are invited from individuals within the Wellington region who, because of financial hardship, need assistance to enable them to undertake a tertiary or vocational education programme, or a life skills course.

Gregor Scholarship for Women
WairarapaClosing date December 2016$500

 Applicants must be women returning to study provide evidence of residence in the Wairarapa.

Māori and Pacific Island Scholarships
Nursing Scholarships
Early Childhood Education Scholarships
New Zealand Scholarships for International Students
Scholarships for Women

Scholarships for Primary Industries


Key external agencies


Scholarship Application Tips 
Step 1: Read about what the scholarship offers
  • Read through the scholarship information available to find out what is on offer and when the application deadline is. The ‘About the Scholarships’ section will give you some hints as to what the scholarship selection panel will be looking for as all scholarships are judged on different criteria
Step 2: Find out if you are eligible to apply
  • Read through the ‘criteria’ section and find out whether or not you are eligible to apply. E.g. some scholarships are only available to students studying a three year programme.
Step 3: Complete the Application Form
  • Write an application letter that details why you want the scholarship and why you are a good candidate
  • Use the information you have read about the scholarship and its criteria to show how it applies to you. If the information states that “the award has been set up for students who mentor others’ you will need to demonstrate how this applies to you. 
  • Include a description of yourself, your progress to date in your current course, your educational background, work history, community interests, future academic or employment plans.
  • The application letter should be typed and no longer than one page in length. 
  • If you require further help with the application letter, e.g. help with the structure or proofreading, make an appointment with a Scholarship Coordinator at your campus using the contact details above. 
  • Complete the Budget Form (if applicable)
  • Read the Special Conditions section of the Application Form, complete the Application Form and make sure you sign the Declaration
Step 4: Include all required documents
  • Written References - If an application states references must be written then you must supply written references not just contact details of referees. 
You are usually required to submit one academic and one character reference. References should be dated, and preferably on official letterhead. References should be current and not older than 12 months.

 The academic reference should be from a current or previous lecturer.

 The character reference could be from a reputable person within the community e.g. past/current employer, your church leader, club president, landlord or similar. This reference should not be from a family member. Include a job title (where applicable), the date and where possible on letterhead stationery of the organisation they represent.
  • Academic Transcript- This should show your academic history and all grades. UCOL Academic Transcripts are available from Registry.
Step 5: Proofread then submit your entire application 

Make sure your application is easy to read so the selection panel can find the info they need quickly. 
  • Organise documentation in the order asked for in the ‘Documents to Supply’ section.
  • Complete the application form details as well as the ‘Budget Sheet’ accurately.
  • Proofread your entire application and have someone look over it for you.
Mark the ‘tick-boxes’ as you put together your application to ensure that you have included everything. 
  • Submit your application before or on the closing date 


Hardship Funds 

If your financial situation is affecting your ability to concentrate on study, we can assist you through the hardship fund. We understand the reasons for hardship are sometimes out of your control, like unforeseen costs or complications receiving Studylink assistance and this fund is designed to provide short-term, one-off support should you require.

 UCOL can give offer emergency hardship vouchers:
  • PaknSave Food vouchers
  • Petrol vouchers
  • GoCard top ups and Bus tickets
  • Warehouse stationary vouchers
  • Medical expenses
You must be enrolled at UCOL and be able to prove financial hardship, you must have used other ways to meet costs (e.g. StudyLink Loans and Allowances), and have no outstanding debt to UCOL. 

When completing the Student Hardship Form, we can help you create a household budget or offer basic budgeting advice. We can also talk to external agencies with you or on your behalf if required (e.g. StudyLink, Work & Income, and Inland Revenue).

Appointments can be made with Mary Pritchard in Block 6. Please bring evidence of your bank balance the day of your appointment, which need to include the last TEN transactions on your bank account.

Key contact: Mary Pritchard, Senior Advisor Wellbeing
Phone: (06) 952 7010 extn 70053 or 022 067 8394