Massey University Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship

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Closing date: to be announced

This scholarship was established to support new students enrolling at Massey University with a previous record of academic excellence, leadership, and community engagement and contribution.

Tenure and value
Up to 9 full-time and part-time scholarships may be awarded annually. The value of the scholarship shall be $7,000 per annum for three years of study for full-time students, or pro-rated for part-time students.

All applicants must be eligible, and intending, to enrol:

•for either full-time (minimum of 105 credits) or part-time (minimum of 45 credits) study;
•in the first year (i.e., 100 level) of a Bachelor degree programme;
•in the year following the award of the scholarship;
•at any Massey University campus.

All applicants need to meet the entry criteria for the programme that they intend to enrol in at Massey University.

School leaver applicants with NCEA should normally have achieved a minimum of 20 NCEA Level 2 credits (or the equivalent in unit standards and/or credits) in each of four subjects from the approved list in order to be considered for this award. Credits would normally be expected to reflect a level of excellence across a range of subjects recognised by an endorsement of Excellence, Excellence within the subject areas of proposed study, and Excellence and Merits in other subjects.

School leavers with other qualifications (e.g., International Baccalaureate, Cambridge) and non-school leaver applicants in this category must be able to demonstrate equivalent competence across a minimum of four subject areas.

Selection Criteria
Applications are assessed based on evidence of academic excellence, leadership, and community engagement and contribution:

•Academic Excellence: A record of Excellence across subject areas relevant to the proposed course of study at Massey University, with supporting record of Excellence and Merit in other subjects.
•Leadership: Both in and out of school, as evidenced by leadership roles, skills and qualities, development and growth. This may include, for example, awards for leadership, engagement in clubs and organisations, opportunities for leadership growth and development, service-related engagement, marae responsibilities, church duties, or leading change initiatives.
•Community Engagement and Contribution: Evidence of contributions to the local, national and/or international community. This may include, for example, working with whanau, iwi or hapu, community action projects, marae engagement, church service, Scouting, Council work, volunteerism, education community partnerships, and awards or recognition for service.

Applicants must provide a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a letter of support for their leadership, community engagement and contribution from an appropriately qualified person and/or organisation (e.g., teacher, community member, minister, kaumatua).

Unsuccessful applicants for this scholarship will be automatically considered for the Massey University Vice Chancellor’s High Achievers Scholarships (Academics and Arts).

Selection Panel
The University Scholarships Committee is responsible for the awarding of scholarships based on the recommendation of the appointed selection committee comprised of the Chair of the University Scholarships Committee or nominee, two other members of the University Scholarships Committee, a member of External Relations and Development, and one Maori or Pasifika academic staff member.

The scholarship will be paid in two instalments each year upon confirmation of enrolment in semesters one and two, following the official withdrawal dates for these semesters. Payment for years two and three of the scholarships will be contingent upon academic performance, with an expectation that scholarship students maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 5 (B).

Conditions of the Scholarship
These scholarships are not tenable with other Massey University scholarships.

Closing Date
20 August in the year prior to the scholarship being tenable.

Application forms may be downloaded from the Scholarships and Awards website:

Completed application forms should be emailed the Scholarships Office (

All applications are acknowledged by email.

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Current students

Log in to the student portal. Select the scholarships tab and choose ‘Make an application’.

Prospective students

You must complete the admission process before you can apply for a scholarship. Read the section for Prospective students on our How to apply page.

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