Apply for a Scholarship

Scholarship applications for 2018 are now closed – start thinking about your application for 2019!

The Whitireia Foundation calls for scholarship applications in October each year with applications typically closing on 30 November. Our next round of scholarships are open to domestic students planning to study at Whitireia’s Porirua, Kāpiti and Wellington campuses in 2019.

Our scholarships provide financial assistance for tuition fees, unless otherwise specified. 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. There are some scholarships that cover tools.

Please feel free to refer to the documents below if you are considering making an application for next year’s scholarships. These forms apply to the 2018 year so they will be updated in late September.

Whitireia Foundation_2018 Application_Guide (Read this first – 162KB PDF)

Whitireia Foundation_Application_Form_2018

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

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 Fuji Xerox NZ, Ngāti toa, law firm Ford Sumner, Compass Health, Porirua City Council, Trust Porirua, Graduate Women Wellington, the Wellington Ostomy Association and the Campbell, Sheppard, Kirk-Burnnand, and Simpson families. Into their forth year as sponsors for 2018 are Brittons House Movers, EftPos Vending Ltd, Gee & Hickton Funeral Home, Red Wolf Security, ISS Services and the Derek Wootton Memorial Trust. Offering scholarships for the third time are the the Porirua Club, L & K Jujnovich, Foster Melville Architects and LT McGuinness Ltd. Renewing their commitment for 2018, with their second year partnering with the Foundation to offer scholarships is Noel Leeming Ltd. With all our wonderful sponsors, and new ones coming on board mid-year, we reached our target of 50 scholarships for 2018.

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.

You can find information here on the Whitireia website

Applications can be dropped off at the Library, posted to Whitireia or emailed to

Good luck with your application – applications for 2019 will open 1 October 2018.  

Scholarships are presented to successful recipients at an awards ceremony in the early part of the first semester. Here are three of our wonderful recipients for 2017.


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 of age
  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident for two years
  • Be enrolling in a full-time / full-year programme of study at Whitireia
  • Meet the entry requirements for their desired programme of study
  • Have been a full-time secondary student for six months prior to application or have recently completed at least 20 weeks fulltime study at Whitireia, or previous study (please specify)

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. Homestay arrangements and visa processing is available for international students.

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12 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 🙂

    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!

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