About us

The Whitireia Foundation is a registered charitable trust, established in 1999, and responsible for managing and growing its scholarship fund, which has reached upwards of $600,000.

Our mission is to expand educational opportunities for all.

If you’re thinking about studying at a Whitireia campus and are prepared to put the effort in, check out these pages, as we might be able to help with your tuition fees or the materials you need for study.

Awards range from $1000 to $5000. In 2022, the Foundation awarded more than 40 scholarships, an increase on the 2021 total, for which we gratefully acknowledge the support of our generous sponsors.

A bequest from the estate of Geraldine Lyndhurst boosted our capital significantly in 2022, for which we are deeply grateful. Many students and their families will benefit from Geraldine’s incredible generosity for years to come.

Helping a promising Whitireia student, as a valued scholarship provider, is a life-changing experience. If you’d consider sponsoring a student, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch with one of the Foundation’s trustees, or email – scholarships@whitireia.ac.nz

Class of 2021

Phone 0800 944 847 for more information on scholarships

or email scholarships@whitireia.ac.nz

Whitireia is pleased and proud to support the valuable work of the Foundation.

23 thoughts on “About us”

  1. Hi, I graduated as a Nurse last year and am currently working in theatre in Invercargill. I am looking next year to complete the post grad certificate in peri operative nursing with Whitireia. Am I eligible to apply for the scholarship for the tuition fees?
    Many thanks

    1. Hi Marie,
      Thanks for getting in touch – yes you should seriously consider making an application if you meet our main criteria of limited means, enthusiasm and commitment to succeed – also you need to be a NZ citizen or have held permanent residency for 2 years – for all the details, take a look at the pages: ‘Apply for a scholarship’ and ‘Your scholarship application- do’s and don’ts’. Wishing you all the very best for your post grad studies and scholarship application – look out for the 2015 application coming out in a month or so. Cheers, Robyn

  2. Will you please email me when applications are avail for schalorship apps 2015 are avail please, as i am in my 1st yr bachelor of Nursing at Whitireia.


    1. Hi there Carma,

      The scholarship application form and guide are up on the website today – you’ll find Prospectus 2015 is out now too. Good luck with your application.


    1. Hi Rebecca – if you are enrolling in Whitireia’s Bachelor of Teaching – Early Childhood Education (see the 2015 prospectus on this website) then you are welcome to apply for a Whitireia Foundation Scholarship, subject to some criteria outlined in the Application Guide. Check out the page Applying for a scholarship for a link to the Guide and an Application form. There’s also a page on the Do’s and don’ts of making an application to read before you get started. Applications close October 31 2014. Good luck 🙂

  3. Hello Robyn Moore,
    I recently attended an education fair held by New Zealand embassy in India where I spoke with representative from Whitireia.
    I am interested in getting admitted for Masters in Information Technology hence, I want to know if there are scholarships available for international students in regards to masters level course.

    1. Thanks for getting in touch Sumeet, Please accept my apologies if you have not yet received a response to your query. Scholarships through the Whitireia Foundation are for residents of New Zealand, so if you have ‘residency’ in this country, I encourage you to apply Sumeet. If, on the other hand, you are an international student, I would recommend you contact the Whitireia Master’s programme you are interested in, to find out what scholarships might be on offer to international students. There is a fantastic support team for international students – more details are on Whitireia’s International home page http://www.whitireia.ac.nz/international/Pages/HomePage.aspx
      Email – international@whitireia.ac.nz

  4. I am international student here doing diploma in professional cookery . Just wanna know that can i get a scholarship for my year 2

    1. Whitireia Foundation scholarships are to assist domestic students – you could ask your faculty administrator if there are scholarships available for international students, or ring the Whitireia Polytechnic information and enrolment line 0800 944 847. Good luck 🙂

  5. I’m currently studying certificate in administration and computing cousre in whitireia Porirua.Please, it’s there anyone i can talk to face to face because i want to ask a more a bout schoolarship.thank you

    1. Kia ora Malsawm,
      I suggest you call in at the Information and Enrolment desk here on campus and find out who you need to speak to about your scholarship application. You could also call them on 0800 944 847 and they’ll be able to answer your questions I’m sure. Did you see there is a Guide to applying, as well as a Do’s and Dont’s section on the website – you might find your answer there. Good luck with your application.

  6. Hey.
    Am looking at doing performing arts in circ. Was wondering what kind of push you guys could possibly provide or even an area you could help with.

    1. Hey Nicky,
      So you’re keen to do circ – awesome! Whitireia offers circus skills alongside dance and performance. You’ll need to audition for the Level 6 Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) Specialisation in Circus. Or you may be looking to start at level 4 or 5? Check out http://www.whitireia.ac.nz/courses/Pages/Diploma-in-Performing-Arts-DanceCircus.aspx?return=/AreasOfInterest/Whitireia-Performance-Centre and to find out more or organise an audition contact 0800 944 847 scholarships@whitireia.ac.nz
      If you’re a domestic student and you have a need for some financial help with your study, then we’re here for you. Read the Guide and our Do’s and Don’ts, then get your application in by 11 November. Call 0800 944 847 with any questions about your scholarship application and courses.

  7. Kia ora,

    I am applying to do postgraduate certificate in hospice palliative care 2018. Being a Maori student, would I be eligible for any of the Whitireia scholarships?

    Many thanks

    1. Thanks for getting in touch Louise. We don’t normally cover distance courses, however I would encourage you to get in touch with the faculty so they can check into this for you, as there may be special circumstances where we can provide some funding.Call Whitireia on 0800 944 847 and they can direct you to the right person to advise you.

  8. I’m a current BABS student Management major at Whitireia Auckland and I’m looking for a Postgraduate diploma scholarship for next year (2018) . Quick question here . When is the 2018 scholarship forms releasing please . & any deeper information will be much appreciated . thank you

    1. Kia ora Tinalasa,
      Scholarships for 2018 open in early October – we’re finalising our sponsors now. We provide scholarships for the Wellington region – for Auckland, I suggest you ask your faculty head. If you’re planning to do your post-grad at any of the Wellington campuses, check this site by mid-October for the 2018 application form (also on Whitireia’s website). See the page on Do’s and Don’ts for some good advice on applying. If you want to chat about Whitireia scholarships, give Whitireia a call on 0800 944 847. Good luck 🙂

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