Victoria University of Wellington Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

Each year, Victoria University of Wellington Scholarships for Undergraduate studies offers a large number of scholarships for deserving students. The students from New Zealand and International Students can apply for Victoria University of Wellington scholarships to pursue their undergraduate studies.

School-leaver scholarships

Each year the Tangiwai, Totoweka, and Kahotea scholarships that are awarded to hundreds of talented school leavers.

The University’s Tangiwai, Totoweka, and Kahotea scholarships have been developed to support and encourage school-leaver students who embody the key attributes of excellence, leadership, and commitment to the community.

Each scholarship is named for a different type of pounamu (greenstone). Māori considers pounamu to be a taonga that can protect and act as a source of strength for those who possess it.

1. Tangiwai Scholarship—for excellence

The Victoria University of Wellington Tangiwai Scholarship celebrates excellence—both academic and outside the classroom. These scholarships will be offered to the top school-leaver applicants enrolling in any of the University’s Bachelor’s degree programs.

Up to 600 scholarships will be awarded, valued at $5,000 each, which can be put towards accommodation costs at a Victoria University of Wellington hall of residence, or (for students not in a hall) as a contribution towards your first-year living costs.

Description of Victoria University of Wellington Tangiwai Scholarship—for excellence

Scholarships will be awarded competitively based on academic merit, equity, leadership, and commitment to the community. Scholarships are valued at $5,000 for the first year of study which can be put towards accommodation costs at a university Hall of Residence, or as a stipend to contribute towards your first year living costs.

Eligibility Criteria for Victoria University of Wellington Tangiwai Scholarship—for excellence

Scholarships will be awarded competitively based on academic excellence with leadership and commitment to the community taken into secondary consideration. Applicants must be in Year 13 or have completed Year 13 in the year prior and be taking a gap year to be eligible to apply for this scholarship.

  • Applicants must be New Zealand Citizens, Permanent Residents, or International fee-paying students who have completed at least two full years (ie. their Year 12 and Year 13) at a New Zealand Secondary School at the time of application.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 50 Excellence credits from Year 12 (or an equivalent level of achievement in an alternate qualification).
  • Applicants must be intending to enroll full-time in the year following application in their first Undergraduate Degree at Victoria University of Wellington.

Deadline to apply for Victoria University of Wellington Tangiwai Scholarship—for excellence

The last date to apply for the Victoria University of Wellington Scholarships (Tangiwai Scholarship—for excellence) is 1st September (each year).

Applicants for these scholarships will be notified of the outcome in October

2. Totoweka Scholarship—for equity and support

The Victoria University of Wellington Totoweka Scholarship recognizes the University’s commitment to equity issues in supporting students to have access to education. The University encourages strong academic applicants who are Māori, Pasifika, from refugee backgrounds, have a disability, or come from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Up to 200 scholarships will be awarded, valued at $5,000, which can be put towards accommodation costs at a Victoria hall of residence, or (for students not in a hall) as a contribution towards your first-year living costs.

Description of Victoria University of Wellington Totoweka Scholarship—for equity and support

Victoria University of Wellington Scholarships (these scholarships) will be awarded competitively based on academic merit, equity, leadership, and commitment to the community. Scholarships are valued at $5,000 for the first year of study which can be put towards accommodation costs at a Victoria University of Wellington Hall of Residence, or as a stipend to contribute towards your first year living costs.

Award for: Māori students; Pasifika students; Students with a disability; Students facing financial hardship; Refugee students.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria are the same for this scholarship as Tangiwai Scholarship—for excellence.

Specific Documentation for Victoria University of Wellington Totoweka Scholarship—for equity and support

  • A personal statement outlining any attributes of leadership and/or commitment to your community.
  • A reference from your school (to be requested via the online application).

Depending on the categories you fall under, the following additional documents will also be required:

  • Maori and/or Pasifika – endorsement of your ethnicity.
  • Socio-economically disadvantaged – a statement of earnings from parents and/or caregivers who provide you with financial support or statement if you are self-supporting.
  • Disability – a letter from your GP or other health professional.
  • Refugee background – evidence of your refugee status.

Deadline to apply for Victoria University of Wellington Totoweka Scholarship—for equity and support

The last date to apply for the Victoria University of Wellington Scholarships (Totoweka Scholarship—for equity and support) is 1st September (each year).

Applicants for these scholarships will be notified of the outcome in October 

3. Kahotea Scholarship—for outstanding achievement

The Victoria University of Wellington Kahotea Scholarship recognizes exceptional students and is valued at up to $30,000 over three years of study in the University. The University encourages applicants who have achieved exceptional academic results or other high achievements within the areas of culture, community involvement, leadership, or equity.

Up to 30 scholarships will be awarded to exceptional students. The package includes full accommodation costs for the first year at a Victoria University hall of residence, plus a grant of $5,000 for three years. For students who are not in a hall, the grant can be taken evenly across the three years or weighted higher over the first year.

Description of Victoria University of Wellington Kahotea Scholarship—for outstanding achievement

This package of Victoria University of Wellington scholarships includes full accommodation costs at a Victoria University of Wellington Hall of Residence in your first year, plus a stipend for three years. For students who are not in a Hall, the stipend can be taken uniformly across the three years or weighted higher over the first year.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet all the criteria and regulations of either the Wellington Tangiwai or the Wellington Totoweka Scholarship to be eligible. Applicants are automatically considered upon application for a Tangiwai or Totoweka Scholarship.

Specific Documentation for Victoria University of Wellington Kahotea Scholarship—for outstanding achievement

  • A personal statement outlining any attributes of leadership and/or commitment to your community
  • A reference from your school (to be requested via the online application)
  • Specific documentation may also be required for each of the scholarship categories

Deadline to apply for Victoria University of Wellington Kahotea Scholarship—for outstanding achievement

The last date to apply for the Victoria University of Wellington Scholarships (Kahotea Scholarship—for outstanding achievement) is 1st September (each year).

Applicants for these scholarships will be notified of the outcome in October