Health Scholarships

Below are brief descriptions as well as links to more detailed information about a number of health-related scholarships. 

Hauora Māori Scholarship

The Hauora Māori Scholarships are open to any person who:

  • is enrolled and attending a university, polytechnic, wānanga or private training establishment based in New Zealand
  • has whakapapa and/or cultural links with te ao Māori or Māori communities
  • can demonstrate a commitment to and/or competence in Māori health and wellbeing studies
  • is studying a health-related, NZQA-accredited course.


Scholarship categories:  
  • community health workers
  • dentistry
  • dietitians
  • health management
  • medicine
  • midwifery
  • nursing
  • pharmacy
  • physiotherapy
  • post-graduate
  • under-graduate




Click here for more information about the Hauora Māori Scholarships.

Please note: Hauora Māori Scholarships are not available to Ministry of Health or DHB employees and that students may only apply once a year and in one category.

Ngā Karahipi o Te Rau Matatini (Scholarships)

Te Rau Matatini is pleased to offer the Scholarships Programme 2015 funded by Health Workforce New Zealand that includes:

Hoe Tahi – Alcohol and Addictions (AOD) Scholarships
40 scholarships of $5,000 awarded to successful applicants for the pursuit of studies in the field of Alcohol and Other Drug Addictions.
Henry Rongomau Bennett Scholarship
15 scholarships of $5,000 awarded to successful Māori applicants for pursuit of studies in specified fields of health.
You can find more information on how to apply for a scholarship on the Te Rau Matatini website.

Te Mana O Te Awa Scholarships

Te Mana o Te Awa Scholarships aim to grow the collective expertise of Whanganui Iwi to contribute to and enhance the health and well-being of the Whanganui River (Te Awa Tupua) and Whanganui Iwi.

These scholarships have been established to assist uri of Whanganui Iwi to excel in priority fields of study in order to contribute to the technical, scientific, policy, legal, governance and administrative capacity of the tribe in upholding Te Mana o Te Awa. Ultimately, it is intended that Scholarship recipients will contribute to the health and well-being of both the Whanganui River (Te Awa Tupua) and Whanganui Iwi.

For more information about these scholarships, visit

Massey Scholarships

Various scholarships are available. More information is available at: or email

Nursing Scholarships

Various scholarships on offer in these categories:
National and Regional Scholarships, Scholarships for Registered Nurses, Student Nurses, Enrolled Nurses and Caregivers.

Further information is available at: via email to
Paramedic Scholarships - Whitireia

Gain skills to provide emergency medical care in a range of situations.  Learn how to access, stabilise, treat and refer in the pre-hospital environment.  Further information can be found at:

SYHPANZ Vodafone World of Difference Fellowship

Through its commitment to Kiwi youth, the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation in partnership with SYHPANZ is delighted to have offered the Vodafone World of Difference Fellowship since 2010.

The Vodafone World of Difference Fellowship is a leadership development grant of $90,000 for promising mid-career youth sector (health and development) practitioners with proven leadership and experience in the youth sector to complete study, research or undertake a sabbatical (or a combination of these) which contribute to more young people (12-24 years) engaged in meaningful learning.

Te Manawanui Pauro Memorial Scholarship

Te Manawanui Pauro of Nga Paerangi worked alongside other Kuia and Koroheke in the establishment of Te Oranganui in the early 1990’s. Kui Nui as she is fondly remembered gave Te Oranganui the whakatauaki that has guided the organisation since its inception.

Te Oranganui has launched this scholarship in recognition of Kui Nui’s vision and to assist in the building of General Practice capability amongst Uri of Ngāti Apa, Ngaa Rauru and Whanganui.

The Te Manawanui Pauro Memorial scholarship will assist a descendent of Ngāti Apa, Ngaa Rauru or Whanganui studying a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree (MBChB) in the 2014 study year. This scholarship is designed to provide financial support to a descendent of Te Oranganui’s Iwi stakeholders in an effort to build General Practice capability. Over time it is hoped the recipient will return to support general practice services within the Te Oranganui rohe.
You will find further information on how to apply for a scholarship on the Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority website
Te Rau Puawai – Māori Mental Health Scholarship

In 2012 Health Workforce New Zealand and Massey University made a three-year commitment to increasing the professionalism of the Māori mental health workforce. Each year the Te Rau Puawai Workforce Programme provides bursaries and learning support for students who are seeking to commence or complete a Massey university qualification in a field of Māori mental health.

Please visit: for further information.

Whitireia Scholarships

There are a number of scholarships on offer to students who are planning to study at Whitireia New Zealand. Further info on this website

Youth Guarantee - UCOL

Youth Guarantee is for students up to 20 years of age who don’t have NCEA Level 3. Students need to be enrolling in UCOL Level 1- 3 programmes. This doesn’t cover Nursing or other degrees, but does include our Science and Health program. It covers fees only.

Click here for more information about UCOL's Youth Guarantee.

There are limited places and they are spread across all of UCOL's low level programmes so need to think about it now. The contact person at the Whanganui campus for Youth Guarantee is Dee Brough