Record number of scholarship applications received!


Applications have closed, with a record number of scholarship applications – 172 – eclipsing the 132 received last year. Our moderators are in the final stages of review and selection and we will announce the recipients in the new year. If you have applied for a Whitireia Scholarship for 2017, a big thank you for your efforts. As usual, we had an incredibly high standard of applicants. Congratulations to all our recipients who will go on to study with Whitireia in 2017.

The Foundation thanks all our amazing sponsors – with your support, more than 50 students are getting  helping hand with their studies, with resulting benefits to their families and the wider community for years to come.

Wishing you all the best for the holiday season. Keep safe and well – Arohanui.

PS – Prospectus 2017 is out now – check it out!

Whitireia Foundation Scholarships

The Whitireia Foundation logo

The Whitireia Foundation is a registered charitable trust, established in 1999 and responsible for managing and growing its scholarship fund, which today sits at close to $400, 000. Our aim is to expand educational opportunities for Whitireia students, to promote knowledge, interest and support for their educational activities. The foundation is pleased to offer a number of scholarships to students who are planning to study at Whitireia. These scholarships provide financial assistance towards tuition fees, unless otherwise specified.

Only the interest on the endowment fund is used for Foundation scholarships, preserving the capital fund. Scholarships are also provided by individuals, organisations and businesses. In 2011-2012, $70,000 was granted to forty-one students, who performed with exceptional results. 2013 saw $100,000 awarded to 50 students, with a similar amount going to students in 2014.

Recipients meet with their scholarship provider on a number of occasions throughout their time of study.  Encouraged by the faith shown in them as recipients of a hard-won scholarship, and by the supportive learning environment Whitireia offers, near 100 per cent of our scholarship recipients complete their programme of study with success. Encouragement is seen by many of our students to have as much value as the monetary benefit they receive via their scholarship. The Foundation congratulates all of our scholarship recipients on their achievements.

Letters from our scholarship recipients tell of their experiences and demonstrate how the Whitireia Foundation is making a difference. There is so much satisfaction in seeing someone who receives a scholarship flourishing in their chosen career.

Application guide (PDF 216KB)

Applications for 2013 scholarships (PDF 198KB)

Reference (PDF 177KB)

Progress report (PDF 175KB)

Scholarship application forms are available from the Information & Enrolment Centre (IEC) at the Whitireia Porirua campus. Applications for 2014 closed in October 2013. 

Who are our Trustees?

Our Trustees are volunteers who live in the Porirua area and are passionate about expanding educational opportunities for all, whatever people’s personal circumstances. The Trustees are responsible for developing relationships with businesses and individuals who grant scholarships. Some have provided scholarships themselves. The Trustees efforts on behalf of the Foundation include growing awareness of the fund, ensuring the widest variety of people know of the opportunities available to them. The Trustees particular focus in 2012 and 2013 is to grow the fund, to benefit more students, and to provide a buffer for when interest rates are low and the return on the capital does not meet desirable levels. If you are in a position to fund a scholarship, the Foundation would very much appreciate hearing from you. You are welcome to contact one of our Trustees in confidence (click here to go to Trustee page) or email Whitireia at the address below.

Who can apply for a scholarship?

Scholarships are awarded on the twin criteria of merit and perseverance to succeed  – despite personal circumstances.

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 if otherwise specified

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstration of a genuine desire and ability to succeed in the chosen area of study
  • Financial circumstances
  • Personal achievement


1 Scholarships will be awarded by the Whitireia Foundation on the basis that the information supplied is true and correct. The foundation reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship if the information provided is incorrect.
2 Applicants may be required to attend an interview with a selection panel.
3 The scholarship must be used for programme fees unless otherwise stated and must be used in the year it is awarded.
4 The Whitireia Foundation reserves the right to not award a scholarship should the Trustees decide that there are no eligible candidates.
5 Recipients are expected to pay programme fees prior to the start of their study in 2014. Scholarship funds will be credited to their Whitireia student account after the receipt of the award at the Whitireia Foundation Scholarship Ceremony early in the academic year.
6 Recipients and their families will be invited to attend an awards ceremony to be held early in the academic year. Recipients are required to attend to receive their scholarship.
7 Successful applicants will be required to participate in promotional activities or publicity.
8 If the recipient withdraws or transfers to another programme, it is expected that the scholarship will be repaid to the Foundation.
9 Applicants must be willing to have their progress monitored and provide a statement of achievement at the end of the scholarship year.
10 The decision of the Trustees is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Student in Whitireia library

The Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsors.

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

Phone 0800 944 847 for more information on scholarships

or email

The Whitireia Foundation gratefully acknowledges Whitireia visual arts and design student Deirdre Ralph for her artwork, featured at the top of the page.

Scholarship recipients for 2012

We warmly congratulate our scholarship recipients of 2012. Scholarships for 2013 are being awarded at a ceremony in late March.

Whitireia offers the only Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) in the region.
Celebrating the opening of the new Paramedic Learning Centre in March 2009. Whitireia offers the only Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) in the region. The Foundation awarded five Health Science scholarships for Paramedics in 2012.
Name Programme
Keri-Mei Zagrobelna Bachelor of Applied Arts (Visual Arts & Design)
Ana Sua-Ulberg Bachelor of Applied Business Studies
Bonita Moana Bachelor of Social Work
Lucas Craig Certificate in Automotive Engineering
Acacia Harris Certificate in Beauty Therapy
Michael Dransfield Diploma in Outdoor Adventure
Tainui Katene Certificate in Professional Cookery
Emma Millanta Bachelor of Nursing
Uputaua Matagi Bachelor of Nursing
Julie Adams Bachelor of Nursing
Tamara Wetere Bachelor of Applied Business Studies
Simon Devaney Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)
Alanna Burgess Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)
Natalie Smith Bachelor of Applied Arts (Visual Arts & Design)
Phillip Shaw Bachelor of Applied Arts (Music)
Todd Balogh Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)
Jacob Carlson Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)
Teresa Hoskins Bachelor of Applied Arts (Performing Arts)
Penieli Van Der Meer Certificate in Office Administration and Computing (Advanced)
Jonathan Hardy Certificate in Automotive Engineering
Logan Tuara Certificate in Plumbing, Drainlaying, Gasfitting and Roofing
Codie Te Moanauni Certificate in Automotive Engineering
Daniel Middleton Certificate in Plumbing, Drainlaying, Gasfitting and Roofing
Laura Roberston Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)
Louisa Hoff Bachelor of Nursing Māori
Ayla MacDonald Certificate in Professional Cookery
Kimberley Harrison Bachelor of Nursing
Katrina Blyth Bachelor of Nursing
Josephine Christensen Bachelor of Nursing
Penelope Wilde Bachelor of Nursing
Nofoaga Faletolu Bachelor of Nursing
Tanvi Gandhi Bachelor of Information Technology
Charlotte Boyadjian Bachelor of Nursing
Fareesha Apimerika-Khan Bachelor of Nursing
Ebony Sushames Diploma in Commercial Dance
Jared Lambert Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
Maddie Tibble Bachelor of Nursing
Rosalie King Bachelor of Nursing
Akisa Fomai Bachelor of Nursing
Chris Gunther Bachelor of Nursing
Jasmine Berkland Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)