Strong Bear Undergraduate Scholarship

A Scholarship of up to $8,000 pa for up to three years for a Māori or Pacific student enrolling in the first year of a degree in the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries.

About the scholarship

Application status: Not currently open for applications
Applicable study: First year of BA, BGlobalSt, BAS, BDanceSt, BDes, BFA, BMus or associated conjoint degree
Opening date: 20 September 2023
Closing date: 1 November 2023
Tenure: Up to three years
For: Assistance with study
Number on offer: One
Offer rate: Once every three years
Value: Up to $8,000 pa

The Scholarship was established in 2020 and is funded by Rob Vickery, a venture capitalist who immigrated to New Zealand with his family in 2020. The Strong Bear Undergraduate Scholarship is inspired by the Vickery’s young son and their desire to assist Māori and Pasifika students who are studying the arts.

The main purpose of the Scholarship is to support a Māori or Pacific student enrolling in the first year of a degree in the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries at the University of Auckland who, because of financial hardship, may not otherwise be able to undertake a university degree.


How to apply

Scholarship applications will usually open around six weeks before the closing date. Please read the regulations carefully to be sure you are eligible before you apply.

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Every effort has been made to ensure the information we have supplied is correct and up to date. However we strongly advise that you check the regulations, application forms and any other information that is available, to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria for any application you might make, and that you understand the implications of any regulations, awarding value and closing dates.