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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
Teresa Kendrick (06) 952 7001 ext 70147

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
REAP House Scholarship
WairarapaClosing date 24 February 2016$1500 or 2 x $750

Applicants must be enrolled on and attending a programme at UCOL Wairarapa that is one of the following: full-time full-year; full-time part-year; part-time full-year, and provide evidence of achievement and interest in the course enrolled in.

Carterton District Council Scholarship
WairarapaClosing date 1 March 2016$500

​Applicants must provide evidence of residence in Carterton, and be enrolled on and attending a programme at UCOL Wairarapa, and provide a CV and two referees from the previous 12 months supporting their application.

Fletcher Challenge Trust Wairarapa
WairarapaClosing date 1 March 2016$500

​Applicants must have achieved well in both academic and practical aspects of their course work on any full-time UCOL Wairarapa programme within the past one or two years, and be committed to continuing study in the current year at UCOL Wairarapa.

Joan Stone Women's Scholarship
WairarapaClosing date 1 March 2016$500

Applicants must be women wishing to return to education or training at UCOL Wairarapa who did not obtain a diploma or higher level qualification since leaving school. You can apply if you are currently studying towards a UCOL degree programme.

Masterton District Council Scholarship application form
WairarapaClosing date 1 March 2016$750

Applicants must provide evidence of residency in Masterton and be enrolled in and attending a programme at UCOL Wairarapa and provide a CV and two referees from the previous 12 months to support their application.

South Wairarapa District Council Scholarship
WairarapaClosing date 1 March 2016$1,000

Applicants must provide evidence of residency in the South Wairarapa, and be enrolled in and attending a programme at UCOL Wairarapa, and provide a CV and two referees from the previous 12 months supporting their application.

Greytown District Trust Lands Education Grant
WairarapaClosing date 10 March 2016$1,000 or 50% of fee, whichever amount is smaller

Applicants must be students who live or have previously lived in Greytown for at least 12 months, and be enrolled at a recognised tertiary institution with NZQA certification.

Lands Trust Masterton Tertiary Grant
WairarapaClosing date 31 March 2016$500 for full-time students or part therof for part-time students

Applicants must be enrolled in and attending a programme at UCOL Wairarapa.

Graduate Women Manawatu Charitable Trust Inc.
Palmerston North
Closing date 4 April 2016$5,000

This award is open to a female student currently enrolled in a full-time degree course, of at least three-years duration at any UCOL campus.

Andrew Cliff Award
Palmerston NorthClosing date 29 April 2016$1,000

Applicants must be nominated by a staff member. This scholarship is aimed at rewarding a student or students who have demonstrated a willingness to support and aid others with their course of study.

Fletcher Challenge Trust
Palmerston NorthClosing date 29 April 2016$1000

The Fletcher Challenge Trust was established as a fund from which an annual award can be made to a student (s) who has/have excelled in achievement and effort.

Jaycee Trust Scholarship
Palmerston NorthClosing date 29 April 2016$1,500

Applicants should be a full-time full year student undertaking a study programme of more than one year (i.e. a two or three year course) at UCOL’s Palmerston North campus. Up to two scholarships of $1,500 may be awarded annually.

Wanganui Rotary Scholarship
WhanganuiClosing date 20 May 2016Varies

The Rotary Scholarship is awarded to a Whanganui UCOL student who makes a recognisable contribution to their community. In making the award, the applicant’s personal history, effort, achievement and community contribution will be taken into consideration.

Jaycee Trust Travelling Fellowship Scheme
Palmerston NorthClosing date 29 July 2016$5,000

The Palmerston North Jaycee Trust is pleased to offer the Travelling Fellowship Scheme to “enable young people in all walks of life within New Zealand with potential for leadership to undertake special projects or study beyond New Zealand.

Trust House Professional Cookery Scholarship
WairarapaClosing date 10 August 2016 but offered bi-annually$750

Applicants must demonstrate an enthusiasm for the hospitality industry, and be enrolled in and attending at UCOL Wairarapa the Certificate in Professional Cookery in Semester One or the Certificate in Bakery in Semester Two,.

Whanganui UCOL Scholarship
WhanganuiClosing date 31 August 2016$500 - $1,000

Whanganui UCOL scholarships are awarded to students in recognition of effort and achievement, to assist with financial hardship, or for a combination of circumstances.

Fenton Te Rauparaha Ralph Flavell Memorial Scholarship
Palmerston NorthClosing date 9 September 2016$1,000

This scholarship may be awarded to one or more students to encourage and assist Māori student/s in their pursuit of a higher level of learning that pertains to the survival and revitalisation of the Maori language and culture. Open to students of all iwi.

Paul McElroy Trades Scholarship
Palmerston North
Closing date 12 September 2016$3,000

​Applicants must be enrolled in and attending a trades programme at UCOL, with preference given to applicants in full-time UCOL study. The total value of the scholarship is up to $3000 and may be awarded up to two students annually.

Soroptomist Scholarship
Palmerston NorthClosing date 12 September 2016$750

This biannual scholarship comprises of up to a $750.00 award for a full-time student at UCOL. Preference will be given to women students who are residents in Palmerston North.

UCOL Scholarship for Effort and Achievement
Palmerston NorthClosing date 12 September 2016$1,000

Applicants must be enrolled in and attending a course at UCOL, with preference given to full time study.

Rotary Club of Wellington North Scholarship Trust
WairarapaClosing 17 October 2016$2,000-$6,000

The Trust was formed in 1992 by the Club with the aim of assisting individuals who can demonstrate financial hardship with the cost of tertiary education, vocational training or the development of life skills.

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 at HUB Central. Please bring evidence of your bank balance the day of your appointment, which need to include the last TEN transactions on your bank account.