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Massey University Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship

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Closing date: 20/08/2020   

Focus
Academic excellence, leadership

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Purpose
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. Māori have distinct status as tangata whenua. Massey recognises other groups of learners where there is a need to improve equity outcomes, including Pacific peoples.

Tenure and value
Up to 10 three-year scholarships worth $21,000 in total. Full-time and part-time scholarships may be awarded. 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.

Eligibility
All applicants must be:
•a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
•in their final year of study at a New Zealand secondary school in the year of application
•intending to enrol either full time or part time in the first year of a Bachelor Degree programme at any Massey University campus and/or by distance in the year following the award of the scholarship.

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 have achieved an endorsement of Excellence across a range of subjects. School leavers with other qualifications (e.g., International Baccalaureate, Cambridge) must be able to demonstrate equivalent academic excellence.

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.
•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 whānau, iwi or hapū, community action projects, marae engagement, church service, Scouting, Council work, volunteerism, education community partnerships, and awards or recognition for service.

Evidence is required in the form of a letter of support of leadership, community engagement and contribution from an appropriately qualified person and/or organisation (e.g., teacher, community member, minister, kaumātua).

Selection Panel
The University Scholarships Committee is responsible for the awarding of scholarships.

Payment
The scholarship will be paid in six equal instalments over the three-year period upon confirmation of enrolment in semesters one and two. 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 tenable with other scholarships.

Application Checklist
You should prepare the following before starting the application

•Transcripts for your secondary school results. If you are completing NCEA you need to provide a copy of your School Results Summary from the NZQA website
•Examples of your Leadership experience
•Examples of your Community Engagement and Contribution
•A character reference from a qualified person or organisation (e.g. teacher, community member, minister, Kaumātua) to support your academic, cultural, leadership and community engagement and contributions
•Supporting evidence of your cultural identity (if applicable)
For Māori applicants this is written confirmation of your whakapapa, from a Kaumātua. For Pacific students this is written confirmation from either a Church or Community Leader


Applications
Application forms can be completed here:
https://masseyuni.wufoo.com/forms/zy1r2ul08h6hs0/


Closing Date
20 August

Application cannot be accepted before 20/05/2020.

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