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Incoming First-Year Scholarships

01 May 2024

If you plan to enrol in your first year of an undergraduate degree at UC in 2025, we recommend you apply for one or more of our Incoming First-Year Scholarships. Each scholarship has different eligibility criteria like subject area, level, and qualification.


Incoming First-Year Scholarships for 2025 are now open and will close 15 August

Scholarships for Incoming First-Year students are available for application annually. If you are planning to enrol in your first year of an undergraduate degree at UC next year, it's worth applying for a scholarship (or five!) to fund your studies.

Each scholarship has different eligibility criteria such as the subject area, level, and/or qualification you plan to study at UC; your age, gender, ethnicity, and citizenship; and which high school and/or region you are coming from. 

Incoming First-Year Scholarships are available specifically for: 

  • Māori and Pacific students
  • Students who can demonstrate leadership potential
  • Students with financial hardship or other personal circumstances
  • Students moving away from home to study at UC (with accommodation costs).

We recommend you apply for all the scholarships you are eligible for, as it is possible to be awarded more than one scholarship at a time. 


See our scholarships for new students

Check the scholarships database or the pages below to find out which scholarships you may be eligible for.

2025 UC Scholarships Fund Flyer

Incoming First-Year Scholarships Fund Your Studies Flyer
Download (application/pdf, 214 KB)

Why apply for a Scholarship?

Scholarships help ease the financial stresses of study, accommodation, and student life, enabling you to place more focus on your studies and access additional resources and opportunities. Recipients have found that the benefits of this are far-reaching and lifelong, including:

  • Increased confidence and self-worth
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Sense of belonging and recognition
  • Social integrations and friendships
  • Motivation and empowerment
  • Mental wellbeing.

What previous recipients had to say:

“Without the worry of tuition fees, I have had the ability to move out of home and experience life in more noteworthy ways. Gaining the scholarship gave me more faith and confidence within myself and my abilities. I have also had the chance to grow and learn as a person through the groups held within the scholarship.”

G Rainbow, Law

“The Te Kakau a Māui scholarship has benefitted me by allowing me to focus on my studies without the worry of tuition fees later on in my degree. It has provided priceless help and support during my transition into tertiary education and guided me on my path into my engineering degree. I have enjoyed meeting likeminded rangitahi as part of the scholarship, creating connections and friendships through workshops, and sharing ideas and stories together.”

K Jones, Mechatronics

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