Rotorua | New Zealand

Our 2020 Scholarships are now Open!

What type of scholarships, grants and awards are there?

To get a scholarship, you need to meet certain criteria, which can be based on things such as:

  • Area of study
  • Academic merit
  • Community service or involvement
  • Ethnicity
  • Financial hardship
  • The industry or trade
  • Leadership
  • The region you grew up in, or where you plan to study

Scholarships can apply at different education levels, such as diploma or Masters degree, and also vary in what they cover. For example, some may cover tuition fees only, while others cover all course costs and some of your living expenses.

There are thousands of scholarships, grants and awards, so you should take a good look to see what you can apply for. There may be more opportunities than you think.



Many scholarships will be advertised in either the daily notices or newsletter, and on the JPC Facebook groups.
Make sure you have: a record of academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and community services that you have done over the last two years.

How do I know what scholarships, grants and awards I can apply for?

GivMe is an online search tool full of information about scholarships, grants, and awards. Whether you’re looking for assistance with education, sport, art or personal or professional development, GivMe is the tool to search – and you don’t have to be an A+ student as there are scholarships for everyone.

All the information on applying for each scholarship is provided – eligibility criteria, how much money is available, closing dates, how to get an application form, and who to contact for more information.

From there, it is over to you to get the application form, complete it, gather any required documents and submit those by the due date.

MTF Finance has launched the Future Legends Scholarship. It has been developed to support and nurture talented young Kiwis from a range of disciplines. We’re looking for the legends of tomorrow; the sporting greats, the performers, the change-makers.

MTF Finance will award six $5,000 cash prizes nationwide over two rounds throughout a year moving forward.

Applications are open to New Zealanders aged 13-21 years. 

Winners will be chosen from three categories:

·         Sport

·         Academia and entrepreneurship

·         Music and arts

This scholarship provides young Kiwis with the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skill, so they can take on new challenges and experiences that may not otherwise be available

Confused about where to begin when applying for Scholarships? Check out this Scholarship 101 Information, thanks to the University of Waikato.

You can search Generosity NZ’s GivMe database for Scholarships. Access the database as follows: 
givME Sign up Instructions

Tips for using the GivMe student portal:

– Sign up for GivMe by clicking on the above link, and entering your student email address and a password. 
– You will be sent a confirmation email, which must be clicked on to return to the platform (sometimes this email ends up in the junk folder, so check). 
-Once you are in to the portal, click on the GivME logo to go to the search options for scholarships. 
-This platform can be used across devices and off-site from the school using this log-in.  

Other Useful Information

  • Read the scholarship criteria carefully
  • Get at least 1 referee who knows you and your awesome achievements well. Ask permission before putting them down as a referee.
  • Do a ‘what am I involved in’ brainstorm so you include all you need to, in your application.
  • Check the timeline for applying, so you have enough time to get your application ready. No late entries accepted.
  • Ask for help if you need to i.e from your Careers Department at School or the University Liaison Adviser.
  • Check the format of the application. Most are submitted online, but paper applications are still used.
  • Provide all information requested i.e NCEA school results summary, CV, Personal Statement.

Scholarships 101——–A Guide

MoneyHub Scholarship Guide

MoneyHub, a consumer finance website, has published a guide to hundreds of scholarships for any student planning to start university in 2019. The comprehensive list includes scholarships offered by every university as well as those specifically available to local students. A list of privately-funded, Maori, Pacific and International university scholarships completes the list. Applications close throughout the year, with tens of millions of dollars available. MoneyHub has also published a list of tips for scholarship success.
For more details and to find suitable scholarships, visit the MoneyHub Scholarship page.

How you can help your year 13 students:
We would welcome you letting your students and parents know about the resource, either by:

  1. Linking our scholarship page to your school’s website
  2. Posting our scholarship page on Facebook and/or
  3. Sending out a summary of the scholarship page in your school newsletter.


The scholarship page is free to use and always will be. Unlike GivMe, students can access the information at home and on their mobiles etc. We have published a number of tips for application success as well, designed to make the application process less stressful for your students.

If you have any questions, please let me know. We welcome any feedback on the page.

RAPHS Scholarship

The RAPHS Scholarship was established in 2008 with funds donated by Rotorua Area Primary Health Services Ltd to the Health Rotorua Charitable Trust.

Each year, two RAPHS Undergraduate Scholarships are offered to Rotorua residents in their first year of medical or nursing training, with the intent of supporting the training and retention of local medical practitioners.

  •    One $2000 scholarship is available to a student who has been accepted into the first year of a nursing degree; and
  •    One $2000 scholarship is available to a student who has successfully completed his/her first year of study at The University of Auckland or University of Otago and has been accepted into the first professional year of the medical degree programme
    Applications and further information available at from the Careers department.

View the latest scholarships

Scholarship due dates

Make sure that you are familiar with the due dates for scholarships that you are eligible to apply for. Do not assume that all scholarships have the same due date and requirements for application. Get online and start researching NOW!

Ensure that you prepare all the information that is required for the scholarship. Have all the information ready before you start the application.

Have essay and personal statements prepared early, the more people that can check/read over/fix up these statements before you use them the better. Ensure that spelling and grammar is correct and that you completed all sections of the application and all information included is current, relevant and truthful.