New Zealand Scholarship

New Zealand Scholarship is designed to extend the very best students and to financially reward very able students who are going on to tertiary study. It is not a qualification.

Students entered for New Zealand Scholarship are assessed on their ability to demonstrate high-level critical thinking, abstraction and generalisation, and to integrate, synthesise and apply knowledge, skills, understanding and ideas to complex situations. The examinations or portfolios cover the same content as level 3 achievement standards, but the standard of performance required is much higher.

A scholarship fee of $30 (GST incl.) per subject will apply from the beginning of the 2017 academic year.

Eligibility to receive a monetary award

To be eligible to receive a scholarship award, the student must be enrolled in tertiary study in New Zealand for the years in which they receive monetary awards. For awards with second or subsequent year payments recipients must maintain a 'B' grade average each year of their tertiary study in New Zealand. For further information see Monetary Awards.

For full details of the eligibility requirements, see NCEA Rules and Procedures - Secondary Schools.

How many candidates are awarded New Zealand Scholarship?

Approximately 3 per cent of Year 13 students studying each subject at Level 3 are awarded Scholarship, if they reach the standard that has been set. There is some tolerance around the 3 per cent, mainly for those subjects with few candidates. See Scholarship subjects for a list of this year's scholarship subjects.