General Scholarships

General scholarships are those that are open to all students, they are not programme-specific.

Also have a look at the givME database which has more than 4,000 awards, scholarships and grants on offer.

Once you've found a scholarship you'd like to apply for, have a look at our Scholarship Application Tips page for a bit of helpful advice to assist your application.

The Bay of Plenty Community Organisation Study Awards are intended for adult learners (18+ years of age) who are currently working in a not-for-profit organisation either full or part-time. The community organisation will nominate a staff member for the award (one award per organisation).

In all cases, the award will be pending the individual meeting the programme entry criteria and being accepted on to their intended study programme.

Closing Date: Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Project Ignite is a summer start-up programme which offers innovative students a ‘learn by doing’ entrepreneurial experience to help fast-track their ideas into new ventures and network with the local Bay of Plenty innovation community.

Open to University of Waikato and Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic students and recent graduates, the scholarship provides the opportunity to grow innovative ideas into real-world ventures. These can be either for-profit or not-for-profit. Both individual students and student teams can apply.

Closing Date: Friday, 7 October 2016

In 1974 Rosemary Seymour, a Waikato sociologist, initiated a newsletter and a network of women interested in women’s studies, that evolved into the Women’s Studies Association (NZ)/ Pae Akoranga Wāhine.

In 1985 this fund was established in her memory. Donations are always welcome.

In 2016 the fund will enable us to make two awards of $1000 each, one for which only Māori women may apply, while the second is open to all women. Women’s groups may also apply for either award.

Closing Date: Monday, 31 October 2016

The Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship Trust has been established to help women over the age of  25 years to obtain a qualification to enter the workforce. It also may be used to gain a further qualification to advance their careers in business, the professions, the arts or to change their occupation.

Closing Date: Thursday, 1 September 2016

This scholarship, established in 2003, was set up by the Tauranga Club, Zonta International, in recognition of the late Val Webster’s outstanding contributions to Zonta at Club, Area and District levels over many years. 

Val was Governor of New Zealand and Australia in 1984-1986 and has served on the District 16 Board in various capacities over 30 years. 

With this scholarship, we acknowledge Val’s valued contribution and shared interests and concerns with Education and women’s status in Society. 

Closing Date: Monday, 20 February 2017

The Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Tauranga High Performance Academy Sports Scholarship Programme aims to provide support for students to achieve a high academic standard in a programme of their choice, whilst seeking excellence in their sporting code.Meet our High Performance Sports Academy Scholars here

There are up to eight sport scholarships available in 2017 to students studying at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology (Toi Ohomai) which cover full fees paid for a maximum of one year.

In addition, recipients will be granted access to sport and fitness facilities at Te Pare a Ruahine, as well as access to a High Performance Manager for education, sporting and lifestyle support.

Successful students are also allocated ten hours per annum access to sports support services such as sports science, testing. They will also be given a High Performance Academy kit, consisting of track suit and t-shirt.

Closing Date: Friday, 28 October 2016

The Toi Ohomai Study Awards are intended to be an incentive for local people to achieve qualifications with an aim to minimising the financial barrier for the second chance learner.

These awards are for applicants with previous work experience and/or an evident career aspiration. The personal and financial circumstances of applicants will be also considered.

(Note: As there are a number of Toi Ohomai scholarships available to local secondary school leavers, people under 18 years of age will not be considered for these awards).

In all cases, the award will be pending the individual meeting the programme entry criteria and being accepted onto their intended study programme.

The award will provide a one–off fee reduction at commencement of a Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Certificate, Diploma or Degree programme.

Closing Date: Saturday, 14 January 2017, Friday, 23 June 2017

Each year Zespri offers grants to encourage New Zealand's top students to pursue a career in the country's fast-growing kiwifruit industry. Recipients will also be supported and mentored throughout their studies as well as being given opportunities to network with industry leaders.

Note: Zespri scholarships are applicable to students studying any discipline at a New Zealand university however examples of how tertiary education will support the horticulture industry are required.

Closing Date: Sunday, 25 September 2016