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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. We also offer a fees free study opportunity for Māori and Pasifika people aged between 16-40 years.

Scholarship advice

Palmerston North & Wairarapa scholarships
Elaine Nolan (06) 952 7000 extn 70153

Whanganui scholarships
Bronwyn Paul (06) 965 3800 ext 63842

Scholarship opportunities by campus


Other scholarships

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
Scholarships for 16 - 19 year olds

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.

The Academic Transcript 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 Fund

If your financial situation is affecting your ability to concentrate on study, let us know. UCOL has a Hardship Fund available to students suffering an unexpected short-term financial problem.