University of Auckland Vaka Moana Scholarship

About the scholarship

Application status: Apply now
Applicable study: First year of undergraduate study for Pacific students
Opening date: 29 May 2024
Closing date: 21 August 2024
Tenure: One year
For: Assistance with study (including one year of accommodation and study related material)
Number on offer: Varies
Offer rate: Annually
Value: Up to $20,000 comprising one year of catered accommodation in a Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland Hall of Residence plus a laptop

The Scholarship was established in 2020 and is funded by Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland.

The main purpose of the Scholarship is to financially support Pacific students attending university for the first time having left secondary school or kura in the previous year. This reflects the University’s strategic recruitment goal to encourage greater participation of Pacific students into tertiary education.


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.