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Te Kakau a Māui Scholarships

19 July 2023

As part of our 150th anniversary celebrations, UC has proudly launched new Te Kakau a Māui scholarships. These cover undergraduate degrees and are available to students from lower decile schools around South Island. Donating to these scholarships gives students the opportunity to go for their goals, reach their potential, and give back to their communities.


What happens when you let students dream big and remove barriers to education?

As part of our 150th anniversary celebrations, Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC) has proudly launched new Te Kakau a Māui scholarships.

The scholarships, covering undergraduate degrees, are available to students from lower decile* schools around Te Waipounamu South Island.

Three UC students speak to what their Te Kakau a Māui scholarship means to them.

Donate to UC's Te Kakau a Māui Scholarships

As a University committed to making tertiary education equitable and accessible – a founding philosophy of Canterbury College, which later evolved into the University of Canterbury – we want to inspire students who may not have previously considered university as an option, by covering their entire undergraduate course fees.

Our kaupapa (purpose) for this programme is about recognising that potential to be a future leader extends beyond academic success to values, skills and passion to make a difference to our communities. We need a broad range of talent and we as a university want to nurture that talent, provide mentoring and support to our scholarship students, and back them all the way.

We welcomed the first 150 students to receive the scholarship this year, and we look forward to doing the same again in 2024.  

By donating towards Te Kakau a Māui scholarships, you’re giving students the opportunity to go for their goals, reach their potential and give back to their communities. Your support also enables the University to provide recipients with robust support networks and programmes that will help them thrive and succeed at UC and beyond.

*A school’s decile measures the extent to which the school’s students live in low socio-economic or poorer communities. Click here for more information on the decile system.

Rationale behind Te Kakau a Māui Scholarships

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Te Kakau a Māui Scholarship regulations and eligibility

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