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There are plenty of organisations, tertiary institutes, government agencies and iwi trusts who are giving away money to students; all you need to do is apply. The eligibility criteria amongst the scholarships will differ slightly, and a little effort is required to apply, but the financial support enables you to focus on what is important, your study.

There are a lot of databases advertising secondary, undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships. Below are a few possible website avenues for directing your efforts, however the list is not exhaustive so please do not limit further research into other avenues.

Iwi Scholarships

Dental/Health Scholarships

University of Otago Dental scholarships
There are undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships available. For more information go to www.dentistry.otago.ac.nz/

MidCentral District Health Board Dental Therapy Scholarship
Bonded scholarship available to final year therapy students

Canterbury DHB Māori and Pacific Scholarships
Go to www.hop.org.nz

Taranaki District Health Board Health Scholarship
Go to www.tdhb.org.nz/

Ministry of Health Hauora Māori Scholarships 
Available to students undertaking or completing a course in health and disability studies that is NZQA accredited. Scholarship closing date is around March/April and the value varies. The scholarship is open to any person who is

  • Enrolled and attending a University, Polytechnic, Wānanga or College of Education
  • Studying a health related NZQA accredited course of at least 12 weeks duration
  • Can demonstrate a commitment to and/or competence in Māori health and wellbeing studies
  • Has whakapapa and/or cultural links with te Aō Māori or Māori communities

For more information on application go online to www.maorihealth.govt.nz or email

Te Hauora O Te Hiku O Te Ika Trust Dental Scholarship $10 000pa
Applicants must be full time Māori students enrolled in a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. Application process opens at the end of September 2012. For more information contact Jill Edwards E: or P: 094084024 ext.799.

General Māori Scholarships

Ngārimu VC & 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship fund
The purpose of the Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund is to financially assist Māori students who are attending a recognised tertiary institution. A Manakura scholarship is also offered to those not attending university who display leadership skills in their field of interest. To find out more about this scholarship and to apply click here.

Six scholarships are available:

  • three undergraduate awards - $10,000.00 each per year of full time study, for up to five years.
  • one masters award - $15,000.00 per year of full time study, for up to two years.
  • one doctoral scholarship - $25,000.00 per year of full time study, for up to two years. The Doctoral scholarship is to support doctoral candidates throught the final 24 months of study.
  • one Manakura scholarship - $30,000.00 for one year.

Secondary Students

Tū Kahika Programme
The University of Otago Tū Kahika programme is a foundation year ideally for secondary school leavers. The programme helps prepare students academically for the Health Sciences First Year course and a career in health. The tuition fees are paid in full and there is also assistance for accommodation costs. For more information, go to www.otago.ac.nz/tukahika

On Campus Experience
The On Campus Experience is a fully funded scholarship that provides Year 13 Secondary Students of Māori descent interested in studying at Otago the opportunity to explore the University of Otago and the scarfie lifestyle. For more information, go to http://www.otago.ac.nz/prospectivestudents/index.html

We like to keep our website updated with current scholarship information, so if you know of one that is not listed please let us know by emailing us at