Ngā Karahipi Pia | First Year Undergraduate Scholarships 

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If you are planning to enrol in an undergraduate degree then there are a wide range of scholarships you can apply for.

Scholarships available include those for:

  • Māori and Pasifika students
  • Accommodation
  • Specific discipline/subject areas (e.g. business and law, engineering, forestry science, geography, music etc.)
  • Leadership development
  • Personal circumstances e.g. financial hardship

It is a good idea to apply for all the scholarships you are eligible for, as you can often hold more than one scholarship at a time. 

Ngā tono karahipi | Applying for a scholarship

Each scholarship has different eligibility criteria (e.g. subject/course, level, citizenship, age, gender, school, region, etc.) and may require different supporting documentation. 

To apply, first review the criteria and then fill out the appropriate form online.

Scholarships for school leavers open on 20 June. Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm (NZT) on 16 August.


He kōrero anō | Additional Information

Extra Scholarships Available for 2021

CollegeScholarship NameValueWho is EligibleOther Revelant InformationClosing Date


John Waller Memorial Scholarship $6,000 per annum for three years, plus mentorship and internship opportunities First-year undergraduate students intending to enrol in a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Criminal Justice course Can be applied for during a gap year

16 August

General Lyttelton Port Company Directors' UC Scholarship $10,000 Students who have a parent working for the Lyttelton Port Company for at least 12 months prior to 15 August   16 August
General HMNZ Canterbury Scholarship $5,000 First-year undergraduate students who are completing a university entrance qualification in the Canterbury region Can be applied for during gap year 16 August
General Rotary Club of Belfast-Kaiapoi Disability Scholarship $3,000 First-year undergraduate students intending to enrol at the University who have a disability Applicants must be registered with the University's Disability Resource Service 16 August

Ngā tīwhiri mō te tono atu | Tips on Applying for Scholarships

  • Read the regulations
    They tell you what the Selection Committee will be looking for and whether you are eligible.
  • Start your application early
    You can save and come back to it later if you need to do more research.

  • Talk to your referees
    It is important they know to expect a request from UC (which will have a deadline).

  • Submit your application by the deadline
    This date is not flexible.

  • Sell yourself
    Scholarships are highly competitive, so make the most of the word limit in open ended questions. This is an opportunity to tell us why you deserve the scholarship.

  • Apply for all scholarships you are eligible for
    Many scholarships allow you to hold more than one at a time.

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