Health Scholarships

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

Hauora Māori scholarships

Hauora Māori Scholarships provide financial assistance to students who are undertaking or completing a New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) accredited course (level seven or above at graduation), or health care worker training (level three or above at a recognised tertiary provider) in health and disability studies.


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

Te Rau Ora scholarships

The recruitment and retention of Māori into health, especially with a focus in the mental health and addiction sector has been the primary focus for Topatopahia te Rere o te Waka (Te Rau Ora addiction scholarships and work-based placements) and the Henry Rongomau Bennett Foundation.


Te Mana O Te Awa Scholarships

Te Rongoroa scholarships, offered by Te Mana o te Awa, are designed to celebrate our young Whanganui iwi leaders who are active on their marae, hapū and the Tira Hoe Waka. This scholarship aims to grow and develop capacity and to enhance and protect the health and well-being of Te Awa Tupua.

Massey Scholarships

Massey University offers a range of awards, grants and scholarships to assist students with fees and living expenses, and to support academic and research excellence.

Nursing Scholarships

The Nursing Education and Research Foundation and New Zealand Nurses Organisation offer members a range of scholarships and grants. 

Te Oranganui summer internships 

Providing an opportunity for uri currently engaged in study to spend time in Te Oranganui in the hope they may one day return to work with their iwi organisation.

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