You are required to provide an application letter which outlines your best qualities, your motivation for entering into further education and  significant activities that demonstrate excellence in performance. These may include examinations passed, selection for stage or musical roles, or representative teams.

  • Put your most significant performance statement first.
  • If your performance activity isn’t likely to be well known by the selection panel, it is still really important that you state it, making sure you start the statement with a few key words as a sentence: e.g. “Lead guitarist in NZ winning 2016 Battle of the Bands”. You can then follow up with a further few words such as: “Selected from 120 bands from all over NZ”.
  • Your performance activities do not have to be from 2016 or 2017, but the more recent they are, the more likely they are to be relevant to your future as a University Entrance Scholarship recipient.
  • You do not have to be intending to continue in your performance activity when you attend University, nor do you have to be studying in a relevant discipline.
  • You may upload additional written documents to support your statements, but they will only be referred to if necessary.
  • We recommend writing your statements in an external text editing programme, such as Word, then copy and paste them into the online scholarship application.


A referee’s name and contact information (email address) is required during the application process. Please keep the following in mind when approaching a potential referee:

  • Your referee must agree to provide a reference for you. If you provide the name of a referee who has not agreed to provide a reference, this will disqualify your application from further consideration.
  • When entering referee details online, you will need to provide the email address for your selected referee, so make sure you ask for this when talking to your referee and make sure that you enter the email address accurately.
  • Your referee must be willing and able to provide their reference by the reference due date (TBC).
  • Statements you provide as part of your application will be provided to your referee to assist them in writing their reference.

You will also be asked:

  • About when you were in Year 12 (your second to last year of secondary school in the New Zealand system).
  • Your total numbers of NCEA Level 2 and Level 3 credits, and how many at Merit and Excellence at each level.
  • To comment on your academic achievements in Year 12 – this gives you the opportunity to advise if you were Year 12 Top Scholar at your school, or you broke your arm during the year which affected your internal assessments. You do not need to make any comments if you do not wish to.
  • If you have done, or are doing, a foundation level course or something similar.