Scholarships recognise academic excellence and potential and provide talented students with the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skills. A scholarship award allows students to take up new challenges and experiences which may not otherwise be available.Each scholarship has its own regulations which describe the eligibility criteria for applicants and the scope of the scholarship. If you are intending to apply for a scholarship you should check the regulations to confirm their eligibility and your understanding of the scholarship programme.Links to scholarships in New ZealandThe University of AucklandAuckland University of Technology (AUT)University of CanterburyLincoln UniversityMassey UniversityUniversity of OtagoVictoria University of WellingtonThe University of Waikato Queenstown Resort College (QRC)Ara - Institute of CanterburyOtago PolytechnicSouthern Institute of Technology (SIT)Unitec - Institute of TechnologyWintec - Waikato Institute of TechnologyDairy NZStudySpy has the largest database of scholarships in New Zealand with over 2000 to choose from. Search their website for scholarships here: studyspy.ac.nz/search/scholarshipsMore information about scholarshipscareers.govt.nzScholarships for Māori learnersScholarships for Pacific learnersApplication Guidelines for First Year ScholarshipsTips on filling in application formsUse the checklist if one is provided to ensure you have completed all of the requirementsIf a list of documents is requested, supply the documents in the order in which they are requestedType your application if possibleIf you are handwriting your application, use the same style of writing and pen throughout the application and write in neat, legible handwritingOnly provide a Curriculum Vitae (CV) if this is requested. Any documents not requested will not benefit your applicationDo not provide original documents. Please ensure that they are certified true copiesComplete all sections of the application formDo not bind or staple your application, use paper clips insteadDate and sign the privacy provisionsThe Majority of applications are onlineEligibility criteriaAlways check that you meet eligibility restrictions, such as gender, age, nationality, indigenous or other special group and only apply if you match the eligibility criteria. If you intend to take a gap year, please note that most scholarships that allow a gap year require you to make an application in your final year of high school.RefereesYour referees are very important. Make sure they know which scholarships you have listed them as a referee. Ensure they are the appropriate people to provide the kind of information about you that the selection committee will need to know. Provide your referee with the regulations of the scholarship you are applying for.Personal StatementsYour statements are very important. It is your opportunity to “talk” to the selection committees and it is their opportunity to find out what you have to say about yourself. Your statement can reflect your views and aspirations, can explain the events and people that have been major influences on your life, can describe what drives you, why you have chosen the path you have, what your plans are for the future and so on. One paragraph statements are not ideal.Late applications are not acceptedWhere a closing date is listed, applications must be received at the Scholarships Office by 5pm on that day. If a closing date falls on a weekend or a public holiday, applications will be accepted until 5pm on the next working day.