Massey University Vice Chancellor’s High Achiever Scholarship (Academic & Arts)

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Closing date: 20/08/2017   

Purpose
These scholarships were established to support new students enrolling at Massey University with a previous record of high achievement in academics and arts (composition, performance, creative writing, and/or visual arts).

Tenure and value: High Achiever with Distinction
Up to 30 full-time and part-time scholarships may be awarded annually. The value of the scholarship shall be $5,000 for full-time students, or pro-rated for part-time students, for the first year of study, and $2,500 for the second year of study.

The High Achiever with Distinction Scholarship will be allocated as follows: 10 to Maori students (arts or academics); 5 to Pasifika students (arts or academics); 5 to students studying arts (any cultural background); and 10 to students studying arts or academics (any cultural background).

Applicants who apply for and are successful in more than one category will receive recognition of that, but will only receive remuneration (to the maximum of $5,000) for one category.

Tenure and value: High Achiever
Up to 60 full-time and part-time scholarships may be awarded annually. The value of the scholarship shall be $3,000 for full-time students, or pro-rated for part-time students for one year of study.

Applicants who apply for and are successful in more than one category will receive recognition of that, but will only receive remuneration (to the maximum of $3,000) for one category.

Eligibility
1. All Applicants
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.

Unsuccessful applicants for the Massey University Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship will automatically be considered for a High Achiever Scholarship.

2. Maori and Pasifika Applicants
Applicants will be asked to provide supporting evidence of their cultural identity.

3. Applicants for the Massey University Vice Chancellor's High Achiever Scholarships Academics Category only
School leaver applicants in NCEA applying for the Academic category 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.

4. Applicants for the Massey University Vice Chancellor's High Achievers Scholarships Arts Category only:
School leaver applicants in NCEA applying in the Arts category should normally have attained an NCEA Level 2 certificate at Year 12 and in the opinion of the school, must be clearly capable of achieving University Entrance.

School leavers with other qualifications (e.g., International Baccalaureate, Cambridge) and non-school leaver applicants in the Arts category must be able to document academic achievements that are comparable with those required of school leaver applicants at University Entrance or similar.

Selection Criteria
Applicants are considered for High Achiever Scholarships simultaneously and based on the same criteria (for academics or arts).

Academics:
Selection will be made on the basis of:
•a record of excellence across subject areas relevant to the proposed course of study at Massey University, with a supporting record of Excellence and Merit in other subject areas.

Arts:
Selection will be made on the basis of:
•evidence of excellence, both inside and outside school, in one or more arts fields (evidenced, for example, by publication, by success in a regional or national debating or theatre competition, by inclusion in an art/design exhibition, or by selection in a regional orchestra);
•support by an appropriately qualified person and/or organisation (e.g., director, editor, conductor, teacher/mentor, orchestra, theatre company or society).

In making their decisions, the Selection Committee will prioritise applicants' academic records in Arts subjects.

Selection Committee
The University Scholarships Committee is responsible for the awarding of scholarships based on the recommendation of the appointed selection committees.

Academics: The Chair of the University Scholarships Committee or nominee, two other members of the University Scholarships Committee, a representative from External Relations and Development, and one Maori or Pasifika academic staff member.

Arts: The Chair of the University Scholarships Committee, or nominee, one other member of the University Scholarships Committee, a representative from External Relations and Development, one Maori or Pasifika academic staff member teaching in the Arts, and one other academic staff member teaching in the Arts area.
Payment
The High Achiever scholarship will be paid in two instalments upon confirmation of enrolment in semesters one and two following the official withdrawal dates for these semesters. Payment for year two 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.

Applications
Application forms may be downloaded from the Scholarships and Awards website: http://awards.massey.ac.nz/

Completed application forms should be emailed the Scholarships Office (scholarships@massey.ac.nz)

All applications are acknowledged by email.

Application cannot be accepted before 20/05/2017.

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