UC Bright Start Scholarship


This scholarship supports academically able students entering tertiary study for the first time, whose financial or personal circumstances might have prevented them from considering entry to tertiary education in the absence of the scholarship. Up to fifteen scholarships are available annually, of which five are reserved for graduates of a Certificate of University Preparation programme at the University .

Applications for scholarships for those joining UC in 2019 have now closed. Applications for those intending to start studies in 2020 will open in June 2019.


Applicants must not have participated in a programme at any tertiary education institution (see the regulations for exceptions). They must be New Zealand citizens or holders of New Zealand residence class visas who have resided in New Zealand for at least the twelve months immediately preceding the closing date for applications. Recipients must be enrolled full-time during their tenure of the scholarship.

Tuition fees and compulsory enrolment fees
1 year
Closing Dates
15 Aug 2019

How to apply for this scholarship

You may apply through this webpage approximately 8 weeks before applications close. If it’s possible to apply on-line for this scholarship there will be a link above to the on-line system. If the link is not provided, please download and complete the application form located below.

However, if the scholarship is managed by Universities NZ or another department of the University an External Website link will appear below and application instructions will be available through that link.


Application required only. General (any College). Prospective Students. Undergraduate. Domestic Students. Financial Hardship.


While every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct, applicants are advised to check the application forms and regulations for eligibility criteria, scholarship value and tenure, and closing dates.