Scholarships 2022 are open now!

It’s time! Whitireia Foundation Scholarships for 2022 are open to all domestic students studying at Whitireia Polytechnic Campuses. Apply before 25th February!

Please ensure you read and complete the Application Guide and Form.  If you are currently studying at Whitireia and are returning in 2022, please ensure your Tutor or Programme Manager completes the Progress Report

Great news! We’ve extended the closing date – please do get your applications in, as there will be no extensions beyond the closing date – 25th February 2022.

If you’ve been thinking of studying in 2022 and wondering how to make it work financially, then a scholarship could be just the thing. Have a read over the Application Guide and if you think you meet the criteria, go ahead – apply! We love to see you succeed ūüôā

Scholarships 2017 – Apply now!

Being motivated costs you nothing, but can get you everything РMurray Newlands

Looking to study in 2017? Applications for Whitireia Foundation scholarships are now open! 

Through the generous support of organisations, individuals and Whitireia suppliers, the Foundation is pleased to offer up to 50 scholarships to a value of $120,000.  See our sponsors for 2017.

image001-whitireia-logo-2016Whitireia Foundation scholarships are for domestic students studying full-time at Whitireia in 2017.

Save the date Рget your application in by 11 November 2016.

Complete your Application form 2017 after first reading the Application guide.

If you are currently studying or have recently studied, you’ll need these:

2017 Referee for students new to Whitireia in 2017

2017 Progress report for current Whitireia students.

The Application Form and accompanying Guide can be picked up from all Whitireia campuses, or download your copy from this site Рalso available at

Get your Whitireia Foundation application in by 11 November 2016

Scholarships for 2015

The Whitireia Foundation is pleased to offer a number of scholarships to students planning to study at Whitireia NZ campuses in 2015.

The Foundation has been successful in securing a range of sponsors for 2015. New scholarships are offered through ISS NZ, Maycroft Construction, Red Wolf Security and Wheeler’s Guardian Funeral Home.

The scholarships provide financial assistance for tuition fees, unless otherwise specified. New for 2015, in addition to a financial (or equivalent) award, are paid work experience opportunities with Maycroft Construction. Apprenticeships may follow for promising students completing their work experience with Maycroft.

With around $100,000 awarded in scholarships each year, 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, Altrusa and Zonta International of Mana, law firm Ford Sumner, Compass Health, Porirua City Council, Graduate Women Wellington, the Wellington Ostomy Association and the Campbell, Sheppard, Kirk-Burnnand and Simpson families.

The selection committee considers three main criteria when considering applicants and selecting recipients.  These are: demonstration of a genuine desire and ability to succeed in the chosen area of study, financial circumstances and personal achievement.  You can see a list of our scholarship recipients for 2015, in the Autumn Newsletter.

General scholarship information:

Applications for 2015 closed at the end of October 2014. If you’d like to talk about your current application, or are thinking of applying for 2016, you’re welcome to 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 full-time study at Whitireia, or previous study (please specify)

For more information on our scholarships, call 0800 944 847,¬†email¬†us at Whitireia or¬†click here¬†to read more on the Whitireia website. You may also want to check out¬†Your Scholarship Application – Do’s and Don’ts¬†on this website.

Below are the 2015 Application Guide and Application form:

Whitireia Foundation 2015 Scholarship Application Guide (162KB PDF)

Whitireia Foundation 2015 Application Form (168KB PDF)

Scholarship applications for 2015 closed on 31 October 2014. 

Scholarships will be presented to successful recipients at an awards ceremony held in March 2015.

Prospectus 2015 is here!

Whitireia NZ’s shiny new Prospectus 2015 is here.

You can grab your own freshly pressed copy from any Whitireia campus.

Want to check it out right now? Click on the image:

Whitireia NZ Prospectus 2015
Whitireia New Zealand Prospectus 2015


Scholarship Awards 2014!

At a lively and uplifting ceremony last week, more than $100,000 of scholarship awards were presented to 46 hard-working Whitireia students. Whitireia Foundation Chair, Tim Sheppard, did a fine job as master of ceremonies, speaking from the heart, as always.

The ceremony and after-match supper saw our students supported by a crowd of enthusiastic whanau, friends, and of course, their all-important sponsors. Guest speaker this year was the engaging Maria Uluilelata, Whitireia’s career consultant, who spoke about her learning journey.

This year, we were excited to present a high-spec laptop computer to one of our most hard-working journalism students. Other awards ranged from book grants, to tuition scholarships up to $3500-00 in value. As trustees, we have been moved by many of the letters of appreciation received in the past week from our student recipients – we share some of these with you on our students’ stories page.

Here are a few pictures from this year’s outstanding group of scholarship recipients. Congratulations to you all, and huge thanks to our sponsors – your contribution makes such a difference to many lives. To friends and whanau of our recipients, thank you for celebrating this year’s student scholarship awards with us – your participation means a great deal. Thanks also to our Whitireia support staff, with extra-special thanks to Donna Creary, organiser-extraordinaire. This event was attended by two new Trustees – welcome Izzy Ford and John Granville. We were also privileged to have with us two members of the Weltec/Whitireia Council. All of you helped make this event truly heart-warming.

Whitireia Foundation - JV Simpson Memorial Scholarship
JV Simpson Memorial Scholarship – Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) student Jessie McDonald (left) with her sponsor Megan Simpson

Whitireia scholarships 2014 Journalism scholarship recipient Anneka paul
Journalism student Anneka Paul with her sponsor from Dell

Whitireia Foundation scholarships 2014 Fuji Xerox awards 5 scholarships
Jamie Clarke (left} of Fuji Xerox NZ with Jason van der Walt (awarded one of five Fuji Xerox scholarships)

rs BNM - Kelly Waho, Desiree Hawkins, Anaru Rima, Diamond Henderson, Caroline Komene, Amy Matthews
Bachelor of Nursing Maori – Kelly Waho, Desiree Hawkins, Anaru Rima, Diamond Henderson, Caroline Komene, Amy Matthews

Guest speaker, Maria Uluilelata - Career consultant, Whitireia NZ
Guest speaker, Maria Uluilelata – Career consultant, Whitireia NZ

rs Trust Porirua - Desiree McKenzie
Trust Porirua scholarship recipient (left) Desiree McKenzie

Scholarship winners with their sponsors


Ria Hodges - Ngati toa scholarship Whitireia Foundation awards 2014
Ngati Toa Scholarship – Ria Hodges – National Diploma Te Reo Maori

Whitireia Foundation Scholarships are available to new and existing students studying at Whitireia. Recipients are selected on the twin criteria of merit and perseverance to succeed in spite of personal circumstances. Applications are open to students in October each year.

2014 Whitireia Foundation Scholarship recipients
Masei Alipia¬†–¬†Certificate in Foundation Education (Health Science)
Hamish Anderson¬†–¬†Bachelor of Applied Arts (Music)
Timothy Parker¬†–¬†Bachelor of Social Work
Jason van der Walk¬†–¬†Bachelor of Applied Business Studies
Sarah Whitaker¬†–¬†Bachelor of Applied Arts (Music)
Adam Wineera¬†–¬†Bachelor of Applied Arts (Toi Poutama)
Greg Young¬†–¬†Certificate in Carpentry
Diamond Henderson¬†–¬†Bachelor of Nursing MńĀori
Tifaimoana Iosefo¬†–¬†Bachelor of Nursing Pacific
Caroline Komene¬†–¬†Bachelor of Nursing MńĀori
Ailima Logologo¬†–¬†Bachelor of Nursing Pacific
Anaru Rima¬†–¬†Bachelor of Nursing MńĀori
Anneka Paul¬†–¬†National Diploma in Journalism (Multi-media)
Jacob Aldridge¬†–¬†Certificate in Plumbing, Drainlaying, Gasfitting and Roofing
Aidan Hutchison¬†–¬†Certificate in Automotive Engineering
Kauna Lopa¬†–¬†Certificate in Automotive Engineering
Farese Tasele¬†–¬†Certificate in Carpentry
Toanui Utia¬†–¬†Certificate in Electrical Engineering
Michele De Bes¬†–¬†Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)
Julia Giblin¬†–¬†Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)
Amy Matthews¬†–¬†Bachelor of Nursing MńĀori
Sarah-Jane Thorpe¬†–¬†Bachelor of Nursing
Rosalie Nicol¬†–¬†Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)
Jill Sim¬†–¬†Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
Mahala Jay¬†–¬†Bachelor of Nursing
Matti Kernaghan¬†–¬†Bachelor of Nursing
Rose Nimarota¬†–¬†Bachelor of Nursing Pacific
Emma Millanta¬†–¬†Bachelor of Nursing
Alexandra Grace¬†–¬†Bachelor of Applied Arts (Creative Writing)
Sarah Coleman¬†–¬†Bachelor of Applied Arts (Music)
Jessie McDonald¬†–¬†Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
Desiree Hawkins¬†–¬†Bachelor of Nursing MńĀori
Kelly Waho¬†–¬†Bachelor of Nursing MńĀori
Phayphachit Chao¬†–¬†Certificate in Electrical Engineering
Dylan Daley¬†–¬†Certificate in Electrical Engineering
Regan Devadas¬†–¬†Certificate in Automotive Engineering
Stuart Foote¬†–¬†Certificate in Carpentry
Daniel Haarhoff¬†–¬†Certificate in Plumbing, Drainlaying, Gasfitting and Roofing
Kelemete Iasona¬†–¬†Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Advanced)
Samuel Jones¬†–¬†Certificate in Automotive Engineering
Choong Kim¬†–¬†Certificate in Carpentry
Desiree McKenzie¬†–¬†Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Advanced)
Anesu Makorimbo¬†–¬†Certificate in Plumbing, Drainlaying, Gasfitting and Roofing
Sui Ngun To¬†–¬†Certificate in Carpentry
Eden Shields¬†–¬†Certificate in Automotive Engineering
Ria Hodges¬†–¬†National Diploma in Te Reo MńĀori

Scholarship Awards Ceremony 2013

More than 200 people attended the 2013 Whitireia Foundation Scholarship Awards on March 26, celebrating the success of 50 deserving scholarship recipients. Proud friends and family were in attendance to celebrate the students’ fine achievement, alongside valued sponsors, Porirua’s Mayor, Nick Leggett, members of the Whitireia Council, Whitireia’s CEO Don Campbell, along with other Whitireia staff, and Foundation Trustees. Chair of the Foundation, Tim Sheppard, presided over the ceremony, where our sponsors personally presented the awards to each student. Speaking for the students, Anaru Rima,¬†a Bachelor of Nursing (MńĀori) student and¬†¬†NgńĀti Toa scholarship¬†recipient,¬†impressed on guests and sponsors, just what it meant to receive such support:

The generosity of the sponsors and their support allows us to progress and move forward within our different areas of study. We will repay you through being committed, focused and dedicated to our studies at Whitireia –¬†Anaru Rima

Pacifica students

Whitireia’s brand new Wikitoria Katene building (at the Porirua campus) was a fitting location for the ceremony, reflecting the significant milestones achieved by both Whitireia Community Polytechnic and the Foundation, in the past year. Last week saw Whitireia celebrating the opening of its impressive new building, and upgraded facilities for Health Science students. In another milestone, the Foundation’s Trustees had last year set the ambitious target of $100,000 to be awarded in scholarships for 2013, up from 70,000 in 2012. In fact, the Whitireia¬†Foundation was proud to award more than $103,000 in scholarships this year. The scholarships support students’ studies in a range of areas, including: Nursing, Social Work, Teaching, Information Technology, Applied Business Studies, Professional Cookery, Performing Arts, Electrical and Automotive Engineering and Carpentry.

Social work students

The Foundation and students gratefully acknowledge our 15 valued sponsors for providing grants ranging from $500 to $3000. Most are for tuition, with two providing grants for books. Sisters - both recipients of a 2013 Whitireia Foundation Scholarship

The awarding of scholarships was followed by a ‘mix and mingle’ supper, where sponsors and students could get to know each other, along with trustees, Whitireia staff, Council members and invited guests.

Thanks must go to scholarship administrator Donna Creary and other Whitireia staff who worked hard to deliver what appeared to be a seamless presentation ceremony – a stand-out evening for all who attended.

Whitireia Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to all our 2013 Whitireia Foundation Scholarship recipients. We look forward to hearing about your year!

Name Programme
Aimee Andrews Bachelor of Nursing
Rebecca Pateman Bachelor of Information Technology
Penelope Wilde Bachelor of Nursing
Mirian Karoua Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific)
Litiana Uluiburotu Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific)
Lonise Aitogi Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific)
Louise Katene Bachelor of Nursing (MńĀori)
Rose Pusa Nimarota Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific)
Emma Millanta Bachelor of Nursing
Uputaua Matagi Bachelor of Nursing
Amanda Reichenbach-Sisk Bachelor of Social Work
Kaitlyn Thomson Bachelor of Nursing
Suzanne Reichenbach-Sisk Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
Caleb Lomaloma Bachelor of Information Technology
Luano Duffy Viliamu Bachelor of Applied Business Studies
Laura Robertson Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)
Peri Te Wao Bachelor of Nursing (MńĀori)
Trisha Wee Bachelor of Nursing
Tifaimoana Iosefo Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific)
Jahleen Tauakume Certificate in Professional Cookery
Jill Sim Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
Raola Sayer Bachelor of Social Work
Sharna Welham Bachelor of Nursing
Linda Soukbandith Bachelor of Nursing
Rexmond Pelman Certificate in Automotive Engineering
Willie Ropati Certificate in Automotive Engineering
Tyler James Certificate in Electrical Engineering
Joshua Calvert Certificate in Professional Cookery
Zsairon La’ulu Diploma in Outdoor Adventure
Zachary Warmouth Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)
Tagimoana Toloa Bachelor of Information Technology
Ebony Sushames Bachelor of Applied Arts (Performing Arts)
Kristy Faanunu New Zealand Diploma in Business
Kolo Manatua Certificate in Automotive Engineering
Joedyle Magadia Certificate in Electrical Engineering
Caleb Krishnan Certificate in Electrical Engineering
Wiremu Nuku Certificate in Carpentry
Daniel Curran Certificate in Electrical Engineering
Brett Sullivan Certificate in Electrical Engineering
Sarah-Jane Thorpe Bachelor of Nursing
Anaru Rima Bachelor of Nursing MńĀori
Louise Katene Bachelor of Nursing MńĀori
Todd Williamson Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)
Richard Anderson Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing
Jennifer Roberts Bachelor of Social Work
Douglas Cavenagh Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Advanced)
Leeza Moananu Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific)
Leigh Kellet Bachelor of Social Work
Susan Fitzgerald Bachelor of Social Work
Tangimoana Te MoananuiWhitireia New Zealand logo Certificate in Foundation Health Science

Whitireia is pleased and proud to support the valuable work of the Foundation. Phone 0800 944 847 for more information on scholarships or email

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 ¬†‚Ästdespite 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 MńĀori
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)