Massey University Academy of Sport Scholarship

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This scholarship was established to support new student athletes enrolling at Massey University with a previous record of high achievement in sport and who show future potential in their chosen sport.

Tenure and value
Up to 25 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 one year. The scholarship will be paid in two instalments upon confirmation of enrolment in semesters one and two following the official withdrawal dates for these semesters.

In addition to the monetary value, scholarship recipients will also become members of the Massey University Academy of Sport. This is a sport scholarship programme provided to athletes who combine their sporting commitments with tertiary study. Sport and academic support services are provided to each athlete within the programme. Sport specific services include physical conditioning, nutrition, sports psychology, gym memberships, group topical seminars and training gear. Academic support provides one-on-one staff support, time management and academic planning, career advice, and assistance with scheduling conflicts and with travel to national and international sport competitions. All sport services are quality assured, provided by New Zealand Academy of Sport accredited providers.

Athletes accepted in to the programme are typically of national and international standard in their chosen sport code.

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 studying under NCEA 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 must be able to document academic achievements that are comparable with those required of school leaver applicants at University Entrance or similar.

Applicants must be achieving in their chosen sport/s at a minimum of provincial / regional level. Officials, referees and umpires are not eligible for consideration.

Selection Criteria
Selection will be made on the basis of:
•evidence of excellence in sport in the previous three years both inside and outside of the school context (e.g. provincial or national representative)
•support of both their coach and national body (compulsory)

In making their selection, the Committee may also refer to applicants' academic records.

The Selection Committee will be mindful of the University's strategies in relation to Maori and Pasifika students, and to students with disabilities.

Selection Committee
The scholarship will be awarded on the recommendation of a Selection Committee comprising the Chair of the University Scholarships Committee or nominee, the High Performance Coordinators, a representative of External Relations and Development, an academic staff member teaching in the sports area, and one or more of a Maori academic staff member, a Pasifika academic staff member, and/or the Disabilities coordinator.

Payment will be made in two instalments upon confirmation of enrolment in semesters one and two, following the official withdrawal rates for these semesters. Payment in semester two will be subject to review of academic performance in semester one.

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

Recipients of the Sports Scholarship will be expected to continue with their sport at the level currently attained or higher while at University.

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.

For further information visit: or contact the High Performance Coordinator, Tamara Scott-Valath (Manawatu/Wellington) or Gabrielle Peach (for Albany).

Scholarship application

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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