Aspire Scholarship for Secondary School Students in New Zealand, 2015

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New Zealand Ministry of Education offers Aspire Scholarships to encourage students from low income families to attend private secondary school in New Zealand. An Aspire Scholarship will contribute up to $15,000 per year for tuition fees and up to $1,500 per year for course related costs, for the duration of a student’s attendance at their chosen private school. Applicants will be balloted for the 2015 Aspire Scholarships, and drawn at random. Only applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will be included in the ballot. The application deadline is 30 April 2014.

Study Subject (s): Scholarship is offered to study subjects offered by private schools at secondary level.
Course Level: Scholarship is available to attend a New Zealand private secondary school.
Scholarship Provider: Ministry of Education, New Zealand Government
Scholarship can be taken at: New Zealand

Eligibility: A student is eligible for a 2015 Aspire Scholarship if:
-they will be in year 9 or year 10 in 2015;
-their primary caregiver(s) have a joint annual gross income of $56,000 or less (not including Working for Families tax credits;
-their primary caregiver(s) have a combined net worth of $200,000 or less (not including household items);
-they, or their primary caregiver(s), are not beneficiaries of any trusts (exceptions will be made on a case by case basis);
-they are a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of New Zealand;
-an application is received in hard copy at the Ministry of Education National Office by 30 April 2014.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Students of New Zealand can apply for this Aspire scholarship.

Scholarship Description: The Aspire Scholarship has been designed for students from low income families who would like to attend a New Zealand private secondary school. The scholarship contributes up to $15,000 per year for private secondary school fees and up to $1,500 per year for course related costs. The scholarship can only be used at New Zealand’s fully registered private secondary schools (also known as independent schools). It cannot be used at state or state-integrated schools. Please refer to the New Zealand Private Schools list, included on the Application Form, for the list of schools that are compatible with the Aspire Scholarship. If a school is not on the list, you cannot enroll there with an Aspire Scholarship.

Duration of award(s): An Aspire Scholarship holder may keep their scholarship for the duration of their attendance at a private school (Support will be terminated if the student leaves school or transfers to a state or state-integrated school. If the student transitions directly to another private school, they will be able to keep their Aspire Scholarship if the family takes responsibility for any additional fees involved in the transition).

What does it cover? An Aspire Scholarship will contribute up to $15,000 per year for tuition fees, and up to $1,500 per year for course related costs, for the duration of a student’s attendance at their chosen private school. Tuition fees include term fees, enrolment fees, application fees, and any other compulsory attendance fee that is directly related to a student’s tuition. It is the responsibility of the parents/caregivers to pay for any remaining school fees over and above the contribution from the Aspire Fund. Course related costs are any additional school items or costs related to the student’s schooling. The scholarship does not cover boarding fees. If a student chooses to board at a private boarding school, families may use their $1,500 course related costs allowance towards the costs of boarding, but are otherwise responsible for any boarding costs.

Selection Criteria: Applicants will be balloted for the 2015 Aspire Scholarships and drawn at random. Only applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will be included in the ballot. Academic achievement and personal qualities are not relevant for this scholarship, and will not affect an applicant’s chance of receiving a scholarship.

Notification: All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by letter. After scholarship recipients are notified by the Ministry, they will be given approximately four weeks to confirm an enrollment at a private school. Applicants are encouraged to make contact with private schools before they are notified of the outcome of their application so they are well prepared if their application is successful.

How to Apply: To apply for the Aspire Scholarship, an application form must be filled and received in hard copy at the Ministry of Education National Office.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 30 April 2014.

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