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Everyone should have the opportunity to study what they love. UCOL offers a range of scholarships and lets you know about applicable funding options from other organisations, so that you can access financial support to pursue your dreams.

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

Scholarships for 16 - 19 year olds  

Find out about Youth Guarantee scholarships for 16 - 19 year olds, or fill in the application form below:

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


Award NameLocationDates AvailableAmount AwardedCriteria
Gregor Scholarship
WairarapaClosing 10 December 2016$500

Applicants must reside in the Wairarapa region, provide evidence of scholastic achievement, and be enrolled to study in 2017.

REAP House Scholarship
WairarapaClosing 24 February 2017$1,000

Applicants must be enrolled in and attending a programme at UCOL Wairarapa, provide evidence of interest and achievement in the course, evidence of residency in Wairarapa and a CV to support the application.

Carterton District Council Scholarship
WairarapaClosing 1 March 2017$500

Applicants must have proof of residence in Carterton, and be enrolled in and attending a programme at UCOL Wairarapa, and provide a CV with two referees.

Fletcher Challenge Trust Annual Award (Wairarapa) 2017
WairarapaClosing 1 March 2017$500

Applicants must have achieved well in any full-time programme at UCOL Wairarapa.

Joan Stone Women's Scholarship 2017
WairarapaClosing 1 March 2017$500

Applicants must have achieved well in their full-time studies at UCOL Wairarapa within the last 1-2 years and be committed to continuing studying at UCOL Wairarapa, and be enrolled in a full-time programme for 2017.

Masterton District Council Scholarship 2017
WairarapaClosing 1 March 2017$750

Applicants must provide proof of residency in Masterton, be enrolled in and attending a programme at UCOL Wairarapa and provide a CV with two referees.

The NZ Nursing Education and Research Foundation Scholarship
Palmerston North
Closing 1 March 2017$1,500

Applicants must have successfully completed the second year of Bachelor of Nursing or the first year of NZ Diploma in Enrolled Nursing, and be a member of NZNO.

Scholarships to keep an eye on in 2017

  • Ann Sinclair Charitable Trust
  • Fenton Te Rauparaha Ralph Flavell Memorial Scholarship
  • Hansol Scholarship
  • Paul McElroy Trades Scholarship
  • Sir Robert Jones Refugee Daughters’ Scholarship
  • Soroptomist Scholarship
  • UCOL Scholarship for Effort and Achievement
  • UCOL's School Scholarships
  • Whanganui UCOL Scholarship
  • Freemasons Willson Lewis Scholarship - Won by Colspec Construction foreman Nicholas Walsh in 2016.
Art Scholarships
Māori and Pacific Island Scholarships
Nursing Scholarships
Early Childhood Education Scholarships
New Zealand Scholarships for International Students
Scholarships for Women

Scholarships for Primary Industries

More assistance


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 10 transactions on your bank account.

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