School-leaver and first-year scholarships

If you are a new student here at Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland, you may be eligible for a scholarship - regardless of your background or where you live.

It’s an exciting time! You’re finishing school this year or next, looking ahead and thinking about where to from here. Or you may be enrolled in a university preparation programme, eager to take the next step.

If university study is a possibility, did you know that you could be eligible for a scholarship? This can help you financially, while you adjust to a whole new exciting phase in your life.

Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland offers several hundred scholarships every year to new students embarking on undergraduate study. These scholarships can support you to achieve amazing things in your work and communities.

As well as the scholarships funded centrally by the University, individual faculties and generous donors also provide a wide range of scholarships for new undergraduate students.

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School-leaver scholarships

 University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarship

Rewards exceptional academic performance combined with outstanding sporting, artistic,
cultural and/or leadership achievements.

University of Auckland Māori Academic Excellence Scholarship

Recognises exceptional academic success from Māori tauira who have either engaged in Te Ao Māori, their community, the arts or played a leadership role in sports or cultural contexts.

University of Auckland Pacific Academic Excellence Scholarship

Recognises students with Pacific heritage, who have excellent academic records and active participation in community, cultural and other activities.

University of Auckland Academic Potential Scholarship - School Leavers

Supports students demonstrating academic achievement (taking into account a number of factors that can impact on an individual's ability to participate fully at university).

University of Auckland Waka Moana Scholarship

To recognise Māori tauira potential who have strong engagement in either Te Ao Māori, their community, the arts or played an exceptional leadership role in sports or cultural contexts, as well as demonstrating academic ability.  

University of Auckland Vaka Moana Scholarship

To recognise indigenous Pacific students who have strong engagement with their school and community, or the arts, or played an exceptional leadership role in sports or cultural contexts, as well as demonstrating academic ability. 

Applications for these scholarships for 2024 have now closed.


As part of your application you also need to apply for accommodation at the University of Auckland. We will only be able to consider your application for a scholarship if you have applied for both the scholarship and for accommodation. If you have not already applied for accommodation apply now at University Accommodation.

Endorsements and verifications

If you completed all your sections of the application by 23 August but your endorser is yet to complete their section(s), don’t worry! Endorsers get one extra week after the closing date to endorse your application. Once they do this, we will submit your application for you.

University of Auckland Kōkiri Raumati Scholarship

Offers accommodation to students from outside the Auckland area or with significant travel times within the Auckland area, who have left secondary school in the previous two years and who are attending Summer Start, Tōia ki Waipapa or UniBound before starting their degree in Semester One 2024.

Applications open 21 September 2023.

University of Auckland International School Leaver Scholarship

Supports international students from New Zealand secondary schools who are enrolling in the first year of an undergraduate degree at the University of Auckland.

Applications open in December 2023.

Living the student experience

Guaranteed accommodation in a hall of residence will be offered to students who are awarded one of our new scholarships — even if you currently live in Auckland. This is an awesome benefit, as it means you can afford to live in the central city, in a safe location, with student services on hand and the opportunity to build lasting friendships and develop your interests with like-minded students.

As part of your accommodation you get free membership to the University Recreation facilities on the City Campus, including access to a wide range of group fitness classes, weights and cardio equipment.

What’s more, living in University accommodation provides an environment that is conducive to your continued academic achievement, which is why if you’d like to continue living in University accommodation beyond your first year, we will also guarantee that for you.

Academic achievement

Academic achievement is a critical factor in these scholarships, and we have minimum rank scores in place for each of them to help you determine if you are eligible to apply. Please read the details of the scholarship you are interested in to find out more, because each is different.

Just as we have done in the past, the University will continue to base its school-leaver scholarship decisions on academic achievement in Year 12, before Year 13 results are available. So your grades in Year 12 are a very important factor when we consider you and other applicants. If you’re an IB student, we will ask your school for your predicted grade.

If you are a university student on a pathway programme that leads to entry to an undergraduate degree, your results in the first semester will be used to assess you for a University of Auckland Academic Potential Scholarship.

Your continued academic success is important to us, so if you are awarded a University of Auckland scholarship, you will be required to maintain a specified grade point average.

If you're thinking of applying

These scholarships are valuable and there is a lot of competition for them. This means we receive many more applications for scholarships than we are able to award. So simply being in the position where you are thinking of applying signals to us that you’re a great student with a bright future ahead of you.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to go on to win one of these prestigious awards, we’d love you to apply.

As well as your academic prowess, we will also consider your achievements in other areas and take into account your personal circumstances as well, so you can be sure that it’s a level playing field for students across New Zealand.

It’s extremely important that the information you provide in your application is true and accurate, and we will ask your school and other referees to check it.

Other school-leaver scholarships

As well as the above named scholarships, we have additional scholarships to support students in their first year of study. Check out the Related links boxes for  scholarships for all faculties as well as ones for the faculties you are planning to study in.

Scholarships and awards guidebook