- focus on the most suitable options
- increase your chances of receiving a scholarship by applying for as many as you qualify for.
- Prioritise the scholarships that specifically relate to you over the general scholarships (except for the ‘give-away’ school leaver scholarships at uni’s)
- allow plenty of time to complete the application (as in weeks!)
- read ALL of the instructions CAREFULLY
- Presentation is very important – first impressions count.
- Make it professional. Avoid using informal language of any kind.
- Use the same style of writing and pen throughout the application, do not use ink other than black or blue
- Type your application. If this is not possible use neat and legible handwriting
- Supply the documents in the order in which they are requested.
- Apply for each scholarship separately. Do not use the same application to apply for two separate scholarships.
Task 1: Narrow down your choices
Research scholarships available to you– go through in this order:
- University (s) of your choice
- Private scholarships
- Regional scholarships
- Maori/Pasifika/former refugee (if eligible) scholarships
- Universites NZ scholarships https://www.universitiesnz.ac.nz/scholarships/undergraduate-scholarships
- Rotary/Lions (if parents are members)
- NCC scholarships
- Money Hub https://www.moneyhub.co.nz/scholarships-nz.html
Compile a shortlist
- Write down, or make a document and copy and paste the links of around 15 scholarships that match your eligibility – you can apply for multiple uni’s
- Write down their closing dates
|Scholarship and uni||link||Date closes|
|John Waller Memorial (UC)||https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/scholarshipsearch/ScholarshipDetails.aspx?ScholarshipID=6935.1720||15 august|
|Freemasons university scholarship||https://freemasonsnz.org/charity/freemasons-university-scholarship-application/||Open July 1
Close 1 october
|Tangiwai scholarship (vic)||https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/scholarships/current/victoria-tangiwai-scholarship-school-leaver-scholarships-for-excellence||1 September|
- Rank them – in order of closing dates.
- use a table like this (or make your own system) to plan your applications
If you think you meet the requirements but are not sure, contact the scholarship provider this week to clarify.
Task 2: Gather documents
Gather your “official” information so you can efficiently complete every scholarship
s well as filling out the form that scholarship body gives you, you will need to supply certified* documents such as:
- proof of citizenship or residency status (eg birth certificate, passport)
- record of learning (from the school)
- bank details
- IRD number
- Obtain a copy of your birth certificate from your parents/caregivers or by ordering one (costs $33 and takes up to 14 days for you to receive)
cost is $33
- Photocopy your birth certificate original 10 x
- Get your originals and photocopies certified* by an authorized** person x 10 (they are valid usually for 3 months – so you may need to get more certified for sept, oct, nov closing dates)
- Get an official copy of your bank account from your bank
- Find, or apply for an IRD number (takes up to 10 days to receive and requires birth certificate or passport)
*To certify your documents, take the original and a photocopy to an authorized** person. They will check both documents and sign the copy to show it is a true reproduction of the original.
**An authorised person could be a fully registered teacher, kaumātua, minister of religion, police officer, registered medical professional, solicitor or Justice of the Peace (JP). This may depend on the individual scholarship, so it is best to check.
Task 3: Research!
Spend as much time on the application as is necessary to get it right.
The competition is so significant that any oversights could see you miss out, even if you were the strongest applicant. What you put on the application matters!
- Read widely about the scholarship – know its purpose and background.
- Make sure you get as much information about the scholarship as possible by checking information on the Scholarship’s website.
- Write down “key” words that the you notice they use – e.g: innovative, bright, future-focused – you want to speak to that language in your application
- If the scholarship is funded by a company, gather as much information and read about that corporation’s philosophy and goals. Write down “key” words that the you notice they use – e.g: innovative, bright, future-focused – you want to speak to that language in your application
Task 4: Choose your Referees
· Ensure that your referees are the appropriate people to provide the kind of information for the selection panel.
- For example, if they need to know about your sport or leadership capabilities, ensure the referee you provide has worked with you extensively and can specify your qualities in detail. Specific and detailed references are what you are looking for
- Choose and ASK three people to be your potential referees – they need to be people that know you well. This week!! Do it!
When choosing your referees think about:
- Teachers that you have strong and positive relationships with
- Teachers in subjects that you are excelling in
- Coaches you respect
- Community or business leaders
- Don’t be shy about contacting referees – you need them! Don’t be afraid to go out there to secure their help.
- You referee CAN NOT be a family member, relative etc – it will make your application INVALID.
- Make sure that you give your referees some knowledge and understanding of the scholarship you have asked them to be a referee for, so they can provide the appropriate information to each scholarship panel.
- Referee’s statements or references are required before the closing date so here are some tips to help you manage these arriving before you need to submit them.
- Your scholarship applications are very important to you, but often the people you have asked have many other commitments or deadlines, so assume that the adult you have asked will be late with your reference – to overcome this ask for the reference to be completed 2 weeks BEFORE you need it
- Send a polite reminder to your referee one week before you have asked them to give it to you.
Task 5: Dig out, dust off and update your C.V.
- Many scholarships ask for a copy of your CV. Either way, your CV contains a rich source of information and content that can be repurposed for your applications..