Scholarship Details

Rainbow Auckland / AUT Tertiary Scholarship

Application Form
Closing date: 30/09/2018
30 September annually if fundsavailable
Value of Award: $3,000
No. of awards: Two
Tenure: One year only.

Rainbow Auckland (formerly named GABA) is New Zealand’s largest LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex) membership organisation and professional social network. Rainbow Auckland has a long history of giving back to the LGBTI Community. The GABA Charitable Trust was established to manage this in a clear and transparent manner and to separate Rainbow Auckland's charitable work from its regular activities as a community organisation. The principal objective of the Trust is to “maintain a fund available to individuals and institutions for the explicit purpose of health, welfare, and support services for the benefit of the gay community of New Zealand”.

The Gaba Charitable Trust and AUT University offer scholarships for the first year of tertiary studies at Auckland University of Technology to students who identify as LGBTI, who are seen as good role models by peers and teachers and who have excelled in effort and achievement in their secondary education.

Selection criteria:

  • The scholarship is open to any LGBTI student intending to enrol for the first time in a full time degree course of at least three years duration at AUT University in Semester 1 of the year following application.
  • Applicants will be expected to achieve University entrance either in the year prior to commencing study or the year prior to application if a gap year has been taken.
  • Applicants must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and have lived in New Zealand for at least the previous two years.
  • The applicant’s personal history, financial needs, academic achievement and career plans will be taken into account by the selection panel. Involvement in extra-curricular/co-curricular activities will be of interest to the panel.

General Information:

How do students apply?
Application for this scholarship is on-line through the on-line AUT scholarships portal from mid-August
• Applicants must be enrolling for the first time, in a full-time degree programme at AUT and will be asked to provide their AUT Student ID in the box provided on the application form. This can be obtained by enrolling at AUT online
Applicants will be asked to upload:
• A transcript of their NCEA (or equivalent) results to date and other evidence supporting their academic progress if appropriate.
• A brief personal statement (max 500 words) explaining why they believe they should receive this scholarship. Applicants must confirm in this statement that they identify as either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex. Applicants should describe any involvement to date in the LGBTI community, any future academic or career goals and an outline of how they plan to finance their study.
• A short CV (max. two pages) that includes educational, employment, sporting and culture involvement.
Application Form

Decision makers
• Applications will be considered by a selection panel including representation from both The GABA Charitable Trust and AUT University.
• Applicants will be short-listed and may be interviewed by the selection panel
• The decision of the selection panel is final.
• Applicants will be formally notified of the outcome of their application by the Scholarships Office.
• If the panel is of the opinion that there is no applicant of sufficient merit applying for the scholarship, then no award will be made and applications may be reopened.

How and when do students learn of the decision?

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
• The award of this scholarship is conditional on the student gaining entry to an AUT undergraduate degree programme.
• Recipients must identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex and agree to allow Gaba and The Gaba Charitable Trust to use their name and photograph for the purpose of publicising the scholarship.
• Recipients must support the LGBTI community and the Mission of Rainbow Auckland: In Community There Is Strength.

Additional information
• The Scholarships Office on behalf of the University Scholarships Committee has the power to terminate or suspend a scholarship if it receives an unsatisfactory report on the academic progress of a recipient or if the recipient has failed to comply with any of conditions on which the Scholarship was awarded.

Who else has information about this award?
These awards are also currently being promoted via the GABA website (

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

Auckland University of Technology

Phone: +64 9 921 9837


Last updated: 18-Dec-2017 3.23pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.