Victoria Achiever Scholarships for School Leavers


History or background of award

Victoria University of Wellington is committed to fostering a community of learning that represents New Zealand's diverse society. The University wants to ensure that the educational opportunities on offer are accessible to all students. Through offering this scholarship support, the University acknowledges the value of the future academic achievements and contributions that these scholarship recipients will make, both to the University and to the wider community.

Purpose of award
The purpose of this scholarship is to recruit academically-able school leavers to a Bachelor's degree programme at Victoria University of Wellington. Students must be represented in one or more of the following targeted groups: Māori students, Pacific students, students with disabilities, students from decile 1-3 schools and students who can demonstrate financial hardship. Up to 70 scholarships for study in 2016 will be awarded competitively on the basis of academic merit and other criteria. The majority of these scholarships will be awarded at $5,000 for the first year of study. The top applicant in each category will be awarded the new Victoria Vice-Chancellor's Achiever Scholarship (ie. a total of five scholarships). These scholarships are valued at $20,000 over three years of study.

Selection criteria
* School leavers who are represented in one of the targeted groups above are eligible to apply.

* Students will need to have their NCEA Level 2 Certificate endorsed with Merit, or an equivalent level of achievement in an alternative qualification (eg. IB or CIE).

* All offers of the Scholarship will be conditional upon the award recipient gaining NCEA Level 3 with at least 25 credits at Merit or Excellence (or equivalent in another qualification), University Entrance and admission to their degree programme.

Number of awards offered
Up to 70.

Value
$5,000 (with 5 scholarships valued at $20,000 over three years).

Tenure of award
One year.

Closing dates 
Applications closed 15 September annually 

How do students apply?
Applications are now closed.

Regulations

Decision makers
The Deciding Authority, who are made up of a group under the authority of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, Victoria University of Wellington.

How and when do students learn of the decision?
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by mid-October.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
* Students must be completing Year 13 (or have completed Year 13 and are currently on a gap year) to be eligible to apply.

* The holding of the Scholarship will be conditional upon the student being fully enrolled in a full year programme of at least 105 points in March 2016. Scholarship recipients who withdraw during Trimester One or do not return for the Trimester Two will be required to partially repay the scholarship.

* See 'Regulations' in document attached for full details.

Additional information
* The Scholarship may be held in conjunction with other awards, except for the Victoria Excellence Scholarship, Victoria sports scholarships, or any other Victoria University fees scholarship.

* The Scholarship can be put towards either tuition fees or Victoria halls of residence costs.

Who else has information about this award?
For all enquiries please see contact details below.

Note: these scholarships are not administered by the Scholarships Office.

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

STUDENT RECRUITMENT, ADMISSION AND ORIENTATION
Victoria University of Wellington

Hunter 102

PO Box 600

Wellington
Phone: 0800 VICTORIA

Email: course-advice@vuw.ac.nz
Website: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/study
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