University of Auckland Academic Potential Scholarship - School Leavers

A Scholarship to support first year undergraduate students who have achieved academically but are experiencing hardships that potentially limit their opportunities or who may have been disadvantaged due to their personal circumstances.

About the scholarship

Application status: Apply now
Applicable study: First three full-time years of an undergraduate degree programme
Opening date: 29 May 2024
Closing date: 21 August 2024
Tenure: Three years
For: Assistance with study (including one year of accommodation for Tier 1)
Number on offer: Up to 100
Offer rate: Annually
Value: Up to $25,000, awarded in three tiers (see Regs. 2 to 5)

The Scholarship was established in 2016 and is funded by Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland.

Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland is committed to providing a safe, inclusive and equitable study environment for all students who have the potential to succeed in a university of high international standing.

The University of Auckland Academic Potential Scholarship acknowledges that some talented students may face significant barriers to tertiary education and takes into account a number of factors that can impact on an individual’s ability to participate at university. They recognise students who have achieved academically, but who are experiencing hardships or who may have been disadvantaged due to their personal circumstances.


How to apply

Please read the regulations carefully to be sure you are eligible to apply. Then click on the “Apply now” button and complete the online application form. We recommend you check the form early in case a reference or endorsement is required to support your application, and to familiarise yourself with the form. All sections (including request sections) must be completed by the closing date, which is midnight on the specified date (unless stated otherwise). We recommend you do not have two different scholarship applications open within the same browser.

Outcomes are determined by a selection committee and are usually notified around eight weeks after the closing date.

Help and support

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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.