Saturday, November 7, 2015

PIPEF/VUW Hardship Scholarships for Pacific Islands Students

History or background of award

The Pacific Islands Polynesian Education Foundation (PIPEF) was established by an Act of Parliament in 1972.

Purpose of award
To promote and encourage quality education and training of Pacific and Polynesian people in tertiary sector, and to secure and distribute financial assistance for that purpose. In partnership with Victoria University of Wellington, PIPEF funds scholarships for Pacific Islands Students facing financial hardship while at Victoria University.

Selection criteria
* Any undergraduate Pacific Islands student, who is a permanent resident in New Zealand and who is enrolled full-time at Victoria University.

* Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of financial hardship and satisfactory academic progress. The factors taken into consideration when assessing hardship will include: the level of shortfall in income; high course costs; high transport costs; creche fees; family to support; medical conditions or disabilities producing extra costs or preventing part-time work; high financial liabilities.

* Consideration will be given to the applicants budgeting skills, their utilisation of other sources of funding, e.g. part-time employment and the student loan scheme, and the viability of the proposed course of study.

Number of awards offered

Up to $2,000; dependent upon the availability of funds.

Tenure of award
One year.

Closing dates for applications

End of  April annually

How do students apply?
* Complete the 'Application Form' that can be downloaded from the link or from the Scholarships Office database.

* Applicants must include proof of income and the financial form at the back of the 'Application Form.'

* Proof of New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency must be provided.

* Applicants should clearly explain in writing their difficult financial situation.

* Further details:

o Student Recruitment & Course Advice, Ground Floor, Hunter Building or

o Financial Support and Advice, Ground Floor, Hunter Building or email

Application Form


Decision makers
Awarded by a selection panel consisting of the Manager of Financial Support and Advice, a member of the Pacific Islands Polynesian Education Foundation and the Manager of the University Scholarships Office (or their nominees).

How and when do students learn of the decision?
Refer to Funder.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
Victoria University will expect recipients to write a letter of thanks to the donor on receipt of the award.

Additional information
The Scholarships may not normally be held in conjunction with other hardship grants awarded in the same trimester, e.g. the TUMAU award or the Herbert Sutcliffe Hardship Scholarship.

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

The Scholarships Office
Victoria University of Wellington

PO Box 600

Phone: +64 4 463 5557