University of Auckland Scholarships for 2017

We are pleased to confirm that the University of Auckland’s school-leaver scholarships are now open for application. Here is some information about our new portfolio of scholarships, for students starting undergraduate studies in 2017. We've outlined these details below.

We are also pleased to include the link to the University’s e-book on scholarships for school-leavers and entry-level students. This is a great resource for both students and parents. It provides information on all the scholarships available to new students and gives them a step-by-step explanation on how to make an application.

Our four new scholarships are:

  1. The University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarships

      value $20,000

  1. The University of Auckland Māori Academic Excellence Scholarships

      value $20,000

  1. The University of Auckland Pacific Academic Excellence Scholarships

      value $20,000

  1. The University of Auckland Academic Potential Scholarships

      value up to $20,000

In total, some 400 of these scholarships are available for students to apply for — more than any other New Zealand university offers.

Our focus in designing the new schemes and increasing the number of scholarships available has been on empowering students from schools across New Zealand to successfully transition into their first year at the University.

As such, guaranteed accommodation in a hall of residence is a major component of the new scholarships. This provides the student with central, secure and comfortable accommodation, and also includes pastoral care, social activities, membership of the University Recreation Centre and three meals per day. Living in the academically supportive environment of a hall of residence in a student’s first year has been shown to improve study outcomes.

Academic achievement is the mainstay of the new scholarships. However, in addition to students’ personal and academic achievements, we will also assess a broader range of circumstances when we consider students for a scholarship. Our assessment criteria include whether an individual is the first in their family to attend university; is from a refugee background; has a disability; is living in a rural area; or is experiencing financial hardship.

The University has also listened to feedback from schools and made changes to the scholarship application process. You may be relieved to know that schools will no longer need to write a reference for each applicant. Instead the applicant will be required to nominate a member of senior management at your school, who will be asked to verify the accuracy of the information supplied by that student. Students themselves will not be asked to write a personal statement, as they have done in the past.

We have upgraded our scholarships administration software and this will enable us to implement a points-based system: applicants will accrue points for each assessment criterion they satisfy. This methodology will add more objectivity and consistency to our decision-making processes.

The information we sent your school principal in April included a letter from the University Vice-Chancellor and a flyer. Since then, we have made some small adjustments to the eligibility criteria for each of the scholarships, where we have slightly lowered the minimum NCEA (or equivalent) rank score that a student needs to obtain. A revised flyer that contains those updated details can be found in the ‘More information’ section on this page of our website, together the e-book and a new video that explains how to apply for a University of Auckland scholarship.

Our new scholarships will benefit many more students, from secondary schools across New Zealand, with no limit on the number of applications per school. I hope you will encourage suitable Year 13 candidates to apply from now, and remind Year 12 students that it is their results this year that the University takes into account in making scholarships decisions.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Scholarships Office (

Scholarship Examinations

At Takapuna Grammar we would like to encourage as many of our more capable Year 13, and even a few Year 12 students to sit the NZQA Scholarship examinations at the end of the year. The students benefit from attempting this challenging programme with better preparation for the more demanding courses at University, and from the personal satisfaction gained from working towards a new challenge. Also, the financial reward that may be received if successful will contribute toward further study at University.
Completing the programme does require additional commitment and dedication from the students, and therefore we ask parents and caregivers to encourage and support their child to give it a go and maintain their commitment throughout the year.  We run programmes to prepare the students in each subject which might involve additional classes, lectures or tutorials at tertiary institutions.  Students can collect application forms from Scholarship teachers or from Student Support.  Application forms are due back to Scholarship teachers on Monday 9 March.
There is a fee to enter the examinations. The NZQA scholarship fee is $30.00 per subject for domestic students and $102.20 per subject for international students.  Financial assistance application forms are available on the NZQA website.
Below is an article from NZQA on the Scholarship.
New Zealand Scholarship is designed to challenge, motivate and reward the most able students - assessments are demanding, even for the top students in each subject. Candidates are expected to demonstrate high-level critical thinking and the ability to generalise, and to apply knowledge, skills and understanding to complex situations.
For most subjects, assessment is by a three-hour written examination at the end of the school year. In some subjects students submit recorded performances or portfolios for assessment by external assessors.
The number of Level 3 students entering for Scholarship examinations has been rising, particularly over the last three years. There were nearly 18,000 subject entries in 2009 and nearly 19,000 in 2010.
Scholarship is competitive – there are a limited number of awards available
Approximately 3% of students studying each subject get Scholarships, and about 0.3% receive Outstanding Scholarships. (Percentages are based on the number of students entering at least 14 credits at Level 3.)
  • The top five to ten candidates in the country receive Premier Awards. To be considered for a Premier Award, candidates must achieve at least three subject Scholarships at Outstanding Level. The number of awards is limited to the top students who meet this criterion.
  • The next 40 to 60 candidates receive Outstanding Scholar Awards. To be considered for this award, candidates must achieve at least three subject Scholarships, including some at Outstanding level.
As well as the prestige attached to winning a Scholarship award, there are financial incentives - from $2,000 to $10,000 per year to support further study. All awards are received for up to three years, but only as long as candidates maintain a 'B' grade average in tertiary study at a New Zealand university.
Most Scholarship candidates are Year 13 students who are also studying towards NCEA Level 3. Students select the subjects they want to enter – most enter one, two or three subjects.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact:
Carol Bashford (Deputy Principal)

2015 New Zealand Scholarship Fee

Please be reminded that a fee of $30 (GST incl.) per subject will now be charged for entry into New Zealand Scholarship. The $76.70 NCEA assessment fee no longer covers entry to any New Zealand Scholarship subject. International students will continue to pay the full fee of $102.20 (GST incl.) per Scholarship subject entered.
An updated fee schedule is now available.
It is important that students are made aware of the fee associated with entry and that only candidates with a genuine intention to sit New Zealand Scholarship are entered. 
Candidates who have not paid the fee will not be eligible for a New Zealand Scholarship Award.