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Āheinga Equity Scholarship

Unitec is committed to providing an inclusive, barrier free environment that celebrates diversity. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage disabled and neuro diverse learners to pursue their studies at Unitec.

This scholarship is open to new and continuing domestic students, studying on a full or part-time basis.

Award value: $2,000 Number available: Varies
Provider: Unitec
Contact: For general queries about scholarships - email our scholarships team
For help completing a scholarship application - book an appointment with our careers team


Financial hardship has been identified by disabled and neuro diverse learners as a barrier to pursuing higher education. The financial and additional support that this scholarship offers is intended to help lessen this barrier by helping to support students with education related costs.  Disabled and neuro diverse students in level 3 to 8 programmes are encouraged to apply.

2024 Applications for new and continuing students are now closed 

Round 2: Opened 1 February 2024 | Closed 11th March 2024

Round 1: Opened 1st September 2023 | Closed 31st January 2024

To apply, you must

  • be a domestic student, i.e. a New Zealand citizen or Permanent Resident
  • be enrolled, full-time or part-time, in an undergraduate certificate, diploma or degree, or a postgraduate certificate or diploma (Level 3 to 8) programme that takes at least one semester of full-time study to complete
  • have a verified disability (provide documentation or be registered with Access4Success), which for the purpose of this scholarship, includes:
    • physical
    • psychological
    • mental health disorder including anxiety, depression
    • neurological, including specific learning disabilities, ADHD and Autism
    • long term (6 months or more) injury or long-term medical illness/condition/impairment that impacts on the ability to learn
    • intellectual
    • traumatic brain injury

Please read the 2024 Āheinga Equity Scholarship Regulations for more information on requirements, the application questions, and selection processes. 

Selection Bases

A selection committee will review all eligible applications and make award recommendations based on:

  • responses to application questions; and
  • preference may be given to students who are:
    • in their second or third year of study at Unitec and have passed a minimum of 50% of their courses in their most recent semester of study;
    • first-time applicants who have not received the Āheinga Equity Scholarship before.