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Ngārimu VC & 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships

Need a hand paying for your studies? Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund (Group Māori, Ministry of Education) has 6 Scholarship up for grabs worth $10,000 - $30,000 dependent on level of study each for undergraduate students. Use the money to pay for course fees, childcare, transport – whatever you need to make study possible.

Award value: $10,000 - $25,000 dependent on level of study Number available: 6
Provider: Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund (Group Māori, Ministry of Education)
Contact: (Scholarship provider) ngarimu.scholarship@education.govt.nz

Background to the scholarships

In 1939, when New Zealand joined forces with the allies, Māori men and women volunteered and made a significant contribution in all areas of the defence forces and home services. Notable among them were the recruits who formed the 28th (Māori) Battalion. They fought with distinction in many engagements and perhaps the soldier whose deeds are best known among Māori is Second Lieutenant Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa Ngārimu, whose heroism and ultimate sacrifice were acknowledged by the highest military award the British Commonwealth could bestow: the Victoria Cross.
In June 1943, soon after Ngārimu had been killed in action, a gathering of Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau ā Apanui and Pākehā East Coast people took place to consider how to best commemorate the bravery of Ngārimu, and the other members of the 28th Battalion, whose lives had been lost in World War Two. It was decided to establish a scholarship fund to support Māori education. The Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Scholarship Fund Board was established for the purposes of administering funds that promoted Māori education.
The scholarships support Māori excellence at tertiary level with academic merit being a high priority in the selection.
Ake ake kia kaha e!

These scholarships support high achieving tertiary students of Māori descent.

Each year a group of exceptional Māori students is selected to continue the legacy of Victoria Cross winner Second Lieutenant Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa Ngārimu and the other members of the 28th (Māori) Battalion.

We encourage Unitec students to apply for these scholarships, which have a long history of recognising Māori who demonstrate adaptability, intelligence, perseverance and mana.

Each year the Board awards six Scholarships for a total value of up to $260,000:

  • Three undergraduate scholarships with each scholarship valued up to $50,000. It provides $10,000 per year of full-time study, for up to 5 years.
  • One master scholarship for a total value of up to $30,000. It provides $15,000 per year of full-time study, for up to 2 years.
  • One Master of Education research scholarship for a total value of up to $30,000. It provides $15,000 per year of full-time study, for up to 2 years and offers the opportunity of a paid internship with the Ministry of Education for up to 6 weeks of each year of study.
  • One doctoral scholarship for a total value of up to $50,000. It offers $25,000 per year of full-time study, for up to 2 years.

The duration of the Scholarship will depend on the length of study that you are undertaking and is determined by the Board at the time of assessment.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for these scholarships you must be:

  • of Māori descent and
  • enrolling in tertiary study and
  • able to describe the Ngā Ahuatanga characteristics you possess that are similar to those identified as consistent with the 28th (Māori) Battalion soldiers

Application Details

All applicants will need to include:

  • a form completed by a Kaumātua, Māori leader that certifies your whakapapa
  • a form completed by someone who can endorse your academic achievement and suitability to study
  • a Te Reo Māori statement that demonstrates your language capabilities
  • a statement about the Ngā Āhuatanga characteristics you possess that are similar to those identified as consistent with the 28th (Māori) Battalion soldiers.

Click here for more application criteria details to help guide you >>

Applications for the 2020 Scholarships have now opened and close on Monday 9th September 2019 with the payments to successful applicants starting in February 2020.