If you are tossing up whether to enroll at the University of Auckland next year, the university hopes hundreds of recently announced new scholarships will persuade you to do just that.
More than 400 new undergraduate scholarships were announced in late May, bringing the total value of scholarships being offered to first year students at the university in 2017 to over $8.3 million. Each of the new scholarships is valued at up to $20,000.
The four new scholarships are:
- University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarships (recognising academic ability and personal strengths) - $20,000 over 3 years
- University of Auckland Māori Academic Excellence Scholarships (academic and personal achievement) - $20,000 over 3 years
- University of Auckland Pacific Academic Excellence Scholarships (academic and personal achievement) - $20,000 over 3 years
- University of Auckland Academic Potential Scholarships (academic achievement plus hardship/difficulties)-tiered with top tier worth up to $20,000.
The cost and availability of accommodation is a growing problem in Auckland. For this reason, the four new scholarships on offer come with a year’s accommodation in one of the University of Auckland’s halls of residence. This is worth about $14,000, and the balance of the scholarships will generally be paid to students through years 2 and 3.
This is a big incentive, but maybe not for all Auckland-based students. If you live in parts of Auckland that are not classed as inner Auckland – places like Mangere, Otahuhu, Papatoetoe, Howick, Waitakere and even Waiheke – you will need to move into a hostel to take up the scholarship. Inner Auckland-based scholarship winners can get the full value of the scholarship as long as they live at home.
These scholarships need to be applied for in your last year of school. Selection will be based on your results from NCEA Level 2 (or the IB/Cambridge equivalents). The Top Achiever Scholarships, for example, will need you to have at least 80 credits with a substantial proportion at Excellence at Level 2 (or Level 3 undertaken in the previous year), an A average in the previous year’s CIE examinations or have a predicted IB score of 42 or above. Make sure you check each of the scholarship regulations.
Other assessment criteria include whether you are the first in your family to attend university, you are from a refugee background, you have a disability, you live in a rural area or you are experiencing financial hardship. If you give up your course before completing 4 semesters at the university, or you don’t maintain good grades, you are likely to have to repay the funds.
Applications for these new scholarships will close on 23 August 2016.