Te Kakau a Māui Scholarships

A tool for empowering learners

To celebrate 150 years of UC, the University is offering 150 full scholarships covering three- or four- year undergraduate degrees in both 2023 and 2024 to students from lower socioeconomic areas in Te Waipounamu, the South Island of New Zealand.

UC 150th

Research has shown that students from schools in lower socioeconomic areas in Aotearoa New Zealand are significantly less likely to go on to undergraduate-level studies than their peers from schools in higher socioeconomic areas.

This has less to do with academic achievement as it does the school environment and the tacit messages in the wider culture.

Te Kakau a Māui scholarships aim to close that equity gap through engaging with the students, their families, and other people of influence in their lives to change the dialogue around tertiary education, and also by removing barriers created by financial situations.

The application process will be made more accessible through video submissions and support from UC during the process, taking into consideration not only applicants’ academic achievements, but also their commitment to and engagement with their community.

"This scholarship will help me pursue my dreams of studying engineering and becoming a structural/civil engineering. I am looking towards engineering because I know many Pasifika families are struggling to find homes. Because of this scholarship, I can work hard to get my engineering degree and fulfil my dream career of rebuilding Christchurch and providing sustainable homes for families in Christchurch."

Andrew, 2021 UC scholarship recipient

By donating towards Te Kakau a Māui Scholarships, you will empower young Kiwis like Andrew to achieve their aspirations of building a better world for their communities and for all of us.