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Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarships at University of Waikato in New Zealand, 2019-2020

The University of Waikato is inviting applications for Sir Edmund Hillary funding for the academic year 2019-20.

The grant is open to both New Zealand citizens or permanent residents and international students. The support will cover the costs of domestic tuition fees and associated charges.



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The University of Waikato, informally Waikato University, is a comprehensive university in Hamilton, New Zealand, with a satellite campus located in Tauranga.


  • Application Deadline: August 31, 2019
  • Course Level: The studentships are available for pursuing undergraduate or completely taught postgraduate level studies at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.
  • Study Subject: The studentships are awarded for studying any of the courses offered by the University of Waikato.
  • Award: Up to $10,000 per annum for the duration of the recipient’s undergraduate degree (subject to the recipient maintaining the required level of performance)
  • Number of Awards: Not Known
  • Nationality: New Zealand and international students
  • The award can be taken in New Zealand


  • Eligible Countries: New Zealand and international students can apply for these Sir Edmund Hillary scholarships.
  • Entrance Requirements: To be eligible for consideration for the award of the Scholarship, applicants must demonstrate:
    • Academic achievement, as defined under section 4 below, and
    • Significant achievement to date and potential to further excel in either
    • A sporting code, or
    • A performing or creative art, and
    • Leadership qualities.
    • Consideration of applications will also be subject to an assessment of:
    • The alignment of the sport or performing or creative art concerned2 to the University’s Vision and to the Sir Edmund Hillary programme’s Purpose, and
    • The University’s capability, in conjunction with relevant local agencies, to provide access to facilities and developmental support appropriate to the sport or performing or creative art.
    • When selecting recipients, the Panel may take into account the applicant’s willingness and ability to fully participate in, and contribute to, the Sir Edmund Hillary programme.
  • English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Application Procedure:

How to Apply: Applicants must include with their application:

  • A curriculum vitae (including a one-page summary of relevant achievements & awards)
  • (maximum two-page) the personal statement that briefly presents the following: – best performance to date and why – future aspirations for creative or sporting endeavours – leadership & community involvement
  • A reference from an agency relevant to the sporting code, performing art or creative art concerned, attesting to the applicant’s abilities in that sport or art, the potential to further excel, and leadership qualities
  •  A second reference as follows:
  • Applicants currently enrolled in secondary school must attach a completed Principal’s assessment form
  • All other applicants must attach a reference attesting to the applicant’s leadership qualities, and ability to maintain academic standards while pursuing his or her creative or sporting endeavours.
  • Where relevant, copies of creative works or recordings of performances (creative / performing arts applicants only). Please note that all dance, screen and media, graphic design, music and theatre studies students are required to submit a USB, DVD or CD containing recordings of performances/examples of work. Other arts applicants may choose to do so if they feel such material would be helpful to the Selection Panel.
  •  An up-to-date copy of their NZQA Record of Achievement or Academic Transcript.

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