Apply for a Scholarship

Scholarships for 2023 are now open!

The Whitireia Foundation has launched its scholarships for study in 2023. 

Click on Whitireia Foundation Scholarships for our 2023 Application Guide and Form on the Whitireia Weltec website – you can also find the links below. 

Please ensure you read and complete the Application Guide & Form.  If you are currently studying at Whitireia and are returning in 2023, please ensure your Tutor or Programme Manager completes the Progress ReportApplications close on or around 28th January 2023.

Feel free to send any queries our way, just send a message through this website, or contact Whitireia’s Information & Enrolment Centre – details below.

While our March Scholarships Awards Ceremony for our 2021 intake was attended by proud whānau, students and their generous Sponsors, in 2022, due to Covid-19, we were unable to meet and congratulate all our incredible scholarship recipients in person. We have met many of you, and we love hearing that most of you have met with your sponsors too. We and our sponsors are always delighted to read the letters that arrive all through the year, describing what a difference a scholarship makes!

Congratulations to all who received Awards in 2022. We very much hope that some of you who are continuing your study, will apply again for 2023.  

If you are thinking of applying, take some time to check the application criteria below, and if it sounds like you, then go ahead and apply!

Whitireia Foundation scholarships are open to domestic students planning to study at Whitireia’s Porirua and Wellington campuses.

Our scholarships provide financial assistance for tuition fees, unless otherwise specified. Some scholarships cover tools and other relevant materials such as laptops and software.

In addition to a financial (or equivalent) award, some students will have paid work experience opportunities. Apprenticeships may follow for promising students completing their work experience. 

Please check out the documents below if you are considering making an application for our 2023 scholarships. 

Take a look at our Do’s and Don’ts Guide to help you in making your application.


We awarded more than 40 scholarships for 2022, and will award a similar number in 2023. 

The Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of all our sponsors, many who have supported Whitireia and the Foundation for a number of years. These committed sponsors include Ngāti Toa, law firm Ford Sumner, Compass Health, Porirua City Council, Elite Services,  Alpha NZ Ltd, Graduate Women (Wellington) Charitable Trust,  the Kirk-Burnnand family, Gee & Hickton, and Foster + Melville Architects. Thanks to our newer sponsors Atareira,  Maude & MillerExcel Digital, Montage Interiors and J A Russell Ltd, for continuing to be on board with us! We are also hugely grateful to the Nikau Foundation for supporting TEN students in 2022, carrying on the work started by the Porirua Trust. We are excited to announce our newest award, the Geraldine Lyndhurst Scholarship – with grateful thanks to the Geraldine Lyndhurst estate and to her family for this generous bequest.

Selection criteria
The selection committee considers three main criteria when considering applicants and selecting recipients. These are:

  1. demonstration of a genuine desire and ability to succeed in the chosen area of study
  2. financial circumstances
  3. personal achievement

Complete your application online or mail it:
Whitireia Foundation Scholarship Office
C/o Whitireia New Zealand Limited
Learner Journey Directorate
DX Box SX 33459
Wi Neera Drive Porirua 5240

Or drop off to:
Whitireia New Zealand Limited
Information and Enrolment Centre
3 Wi Neera Drive

Or email

Good luck with your application!

Scholarships are presented to successful recipients at an awards ceremony in the early part of the first semester. 

General scholarship information

If you’d like to talk to Whitireia about your application or if you’d like an application form posted to you, please contact the Information & Enrolment Centre – details below.

Applicants must:

» Be over 16 years old
» Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
» Be applying to enrol in a full-time, full year
programme of study at Whitireia (or WelTec, subject to stated conditions, including if your course is delivered on a Whitireia campus) in 2023
» Meet the entry requirements for their desired
programme of study

For more information on our scholarships, call 0800 944 847, email us at Whitireia NZ or click here to read more on the Whitireia website.

The Information & Enrolment Centre (IEC) is the first point of contact for prospective and current students. IEC provides programme information, assistance with the enrolment process, student ID cards, career advice and fee payment facilities.

Porirua Campus Opening hours:
Monday to Friday
8am to 5pm

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14 thoughts on “Apply for a Scholarship”

  1. Hi there ,

    I was wondering if you could give me more information in regards to available scholarships. I am looking to studying at Whitireia in degree in ECE in 2015.

    Kind regards

    1. Hi Avasa,
      Good to hear you’re keen to do ECE at Whitireia in 2015. You can find out about the Foundation’s scholarships by going to the page ‘apply for a scholarship’ – make sure you check out the ‘do’s and don’ts’ page for tips on applying. There are other scholarship providers you may want to check out too – you can access these on Breakout or Fundview through the Funding Information Service (free on the computers at Porirua library). We’ll be putting the 2015 application form on in July/August, with applications closing mid-October 2014. For more information, call Whitireia 0800 944 847, email or go to the Whitireia website
      Best of luck with your scholarship and your studies 🙂

  2. Hello Robyn,

    I am a second year BN mainstream student interested in applying for a scholarship for my last year of study next year. I am slightly green to what the process is, so this has stopped me from applying sooner.
    I understand no scholarships are available right now but will be put up in July/August? Also are there any other scholarship providers for nursing degrees that you know of?

    Thank you very much for your time.

    Michelle White

    1. Hi Michelle,
      Good to hear of your interest in scholarships.
      Yes, we will be seeking applications for 2015 in August September and I strongly recommend you apply, if you meet the criteria we set out on our Apply for a scholarship page. I suggest you also check out the page Do’s and don’ts for hints on what we look for. On other scholarships, you can go to the library and log into either Breakout or Fundview, put in some search criteria and you should come up with a few to apply for. If you are already studying at Whitireia, then you have one of our criteria sorted – so give it a go 🙂 Look out for the 2015 application coming soon. If you sign up with your email on this site, you’ll get a notification when applications are out. Good luck with your third year, and I wish you success in gaining a scholarship. Cheers, Robyn

    1. Hi Vanessa,
      Yes, September 1st. The 2015 application form will be on the website then. If you want to get a head start on what to put in your application, take a look at the 2014 Application Guide on this page ‘Apply for a scholarship’ and check out ‘Your scholarship application – do’s and don’ts’. The Whitireia Prospectus 2015 will be out at the same time. Thanks for your question. Cheers, Robyn

    1. Kia ora Monika, Thanks for your question. Our scholarships are typically for full-year study, and I understand that Photography level 4 and 5 are half-year, so wouldn’t be course we cover unfortunately – I will do some further checking and if there are any possibilities, I’ll get straight back to you. If photography really grabs your interest, I’d encourage you to apply for a scholarship in Whitireia’s Bachelor of Applied Arts (Visual Arts and Design), when you graduate from the Photo School. If you complete both practical (level4) and advanced (level5) photography, you can jump straight into year two of Applied Visual Arts and Design.

  3. I was wondering if you could give me more information about Secondary students applying for a scholarship. I’ll be finishing secondary school this year and I’m looking to do a Bachelor of Applied Business. Thanks

    1. Kia ora Allie, your message went astray and I have just discovered it – apologies! You still have time to complete an application to the Foundation (see the website for the Application Guide and some Do’s and Don’ts) if you’re keen to enrol in Whitireia’s Applied Business course for 2016. It would be a good idea to ring Information and Enrolment on 0800 944 847, or jump on so you can find out about the range of scholarships available to school leavers – there are are quite a few. Whitireia Foundation scholarships are for all ages and we have a new one specifically for the Bachelor of Applied Business. All the best for your scholarship application 🙂

  4. Hey I would like to knw how to apply scholarship ,I would like to start health science foundation from nxt year

    1. Kia ora Sabinaz, Yes, if you are a domestic student you can apply for a scholarship to study Health Science at Whitireia. You’ll need to be quick if you are to get in an application for study next year – the cut off date is the end of October. I’d suggest you apply, even if you are a few days late – you might want to add a note that you were waiting for information from me via the website. All the details are on the website. Check out the Application Guide first, then take a look at the ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ before you fill in your application form. Good Luck!

    1. Kia ora Kataraina, Scholarships for 2019 have closed and recipients have been selected. Our next round is for 2020, opening in Sept/Oct 2019. Occasionally, additional scholarships come up mid year. In that case, we would announce them on this site and through the scholarships page on

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