AUT Welcome to Auckland Scholarship

Closing date: 01/09/2022
September of each year
Value of Award: Up to $21,640See additional information
No. of awards: Varies
Tenure: The scholarship is awarded for a maximum of three years subject to the student passing all papers in each year of study.  Academic progress will be monitored each semester.


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Auckland University of Technology (AUT) provides undergraduate scholarships to recognise student academic achievement and contribution to school and community. As well as recognising academic achievement, these scholarships also recognise potential leadership ability and contribution to the school, community or cultural pursuits or sport at a representative level.

AUT Welcome to Auckland Scholarships are available to high achieving secondary school students living out of Auckland intending to enrol in bachelor’s degree study at AUT in Semester One of the year following application. You can check if your permanent residential address is within the Auckland Region here: Find your ward (

Selection criteria:

1. Applicants must be NZ Citizens or permanent residents and currently studying a New Zealand secondary school qualification. 2. Applicants must be enrolling for the first time in a bachelor's degree programme at AUT. Applicants 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 3. Applicants must enroll full-time (no less than 120pts per annum) in the first year of the undergraduate programme. 4. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate potential for leadership. 5. Applicants will have as a minimum one of the following: - NCEA 250 rank score - CIE a minimum of 200 points on the UCAS Tariff - IB Principal’s predicted score 28 6. Applicants permanent residential address is outside the Auckland Council Regional boundaries. Information to assist calculating the rank score is available from the on-line Scholarships Application Form and from   The rank score is calculated by taking the 80 best credits in University Entrance approved subjects (or in subjects leading to university approved subjects) studied in the year prior to application only and at Level 2 NCEA, AS (CIE) level or above.  A maximum of 24 credits only may be used in any one subject. Students who have been accelerated may use relevant subjects from the year prior to this providing only a total of 24 credits in each subject is used.    The Information to assist calculating the rank score is available from the on-line application portal and from

General Information:

How do students apply?

Applications will open in June of the year prior to commencement of study at AUT.  Applicants must complete the AUT School Leaver Scholarship Application online through the AUT Scholarships Database from the link on this page.   Applicants will be required to upload: 1. A one-page personal statement explaining the reasons for wishing to attend AUT, the academic goals they hope to achieve and any career aspirations they have. Applicants should also state why they believe they merit the scholarship. The personal statement must also include an outline of the leadership positions or responsibilities the applicant has held within their school or community. 2. A current certified copy of their NCEA, CIE or IB record of achievement. IB students must obtain a predicted IB grade from their Principal or Principal’s nominee. REFERENCES:  Applicants must nominate two character references in support of their application. Nominated referees will be sent an email from the application portal. One referee should be from the school, cultural group (e.g. a Kaumātua), religious group, sports club, work place or a community organization. The second must be from their Principal or Principal’s nominee. If the applicant is studying IB this should include the Principal’s predicted IB score. All documentation must be received by the closing date, inclusive of reference statements, or the application will not be able to be submitted and will be considered ineligible.
Application Form

Decision makers

A panel including representatives of the University Scholarships Committee.

How and when do students learn of the decision?

As soon as possible after assessment of applications.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

CONDITIONS OF ACCEPTANCE ·         The award of this scholarship is conditional on the student gaining entry to an AUT bachelor's degree programme for Semester One of the year following application. ·         Scholars will enrol in no less than 120pts each year during the tenure of the scholarship. Permission to study less than 120pts will only be given in exceptional circumstances. In such cases the value of the scholarship will be reduced pro-rata.  ·         The first-year award will be paid directly as rental rebate for a room at Te Āhuru Mayoral Drive student accommodation facility. ·         The second and third year will be paid as a contribution to fees direct to the scholar’s fees account with AUT. ·         Recipients must be willing to become fully Covid-19 vaccinated should NZ Government health orders, AUT or Accommodation Provider require vaccination. ·         The recipient may hold other non-AUT scholarships with the approval of the Scholarships Office. ·         A condition of the Scholarship is that students agree to complete a progress report at the first mid-semester break in their first year of study. ·         Except in cases where there are compelling medical reasons or adverse personal circumstances beyond a student’s control, the uptake of scholarships cannot be deferred ·         Recipients must be enrolled continuously in their programme of study. Suspensions or Leave of Absence for students who have already commenced their degree will not usually be approved unless there are compelling medical or personal circumstances beyond the student’s control.  ·         Deferral and suspension requests must be made in writing to the Scholarships Office ·         Annual renewal of the scholarship is conditional upon the student passing all papers in each year of study.  Academic progress will be monitored each semester. ·         Recipients who take up this Scholarship but do not complete at least two semesters of study at AUT may be required to pay back the full value of the scholarship received.

Additional information
An award of up to $21,640 to support full-time study (120 points per year) in a bachelor’s degree programme at AUT paid as follows: First Year – full rebate of weekly rental at Te Ahuru Mayoral Drive student accommodation facility for the academic year. The scholarship does not contribute to accommodation application fee, student residential life fees or other costs related to living in student accommodation. Second Year - A contribution towards fees of $4,000. Third Year - A contribution towards fees of $2,000.

Who else has information about this award?
University Scholarships Office:

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

Auckland University of Technology

Phone: +64 9 921 9837


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